BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Entergy’s Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant has returned to service following its successful scheduled $120 million refueling outage and comprehensive inspection and upgrade of plant equipment and systems.
Control room operators returned Unit 2 to operation Thursday, sending electricity to the grid after a planned shutdown that began March 7.
“We will make the significant investments required to meet our commitment to ensuring safe and reliable generation of clean electricity,” said Larry Coyle, site vice president and Entergy’s top official at Indian Point.
Among the items included in previously scheduled inspections were bolts on a removable liner inside the reactor. Engineers replaced 278 bolts. Inspections confirmed that the plates secured by these bolts were not damaged and remained structurally sound and capable of performing their safety function while Unit 2 was in operation.
“Nearly 2,000 professionals, including 1,000 specialist contractors, performed hundreds of activities that can only occur while the unit was shut down,” said Coyle. “More than 900,000 person-hours of work were performed over the last three months to prepare Indian Point for continuous, safe operation well into the future.”
Both the inspection and replacement of bolts were successful, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has noted there are no safety concerns. Entergy will conduct a separate bolt inspection program at Unit 3 early next year.
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