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Entergy's Pilgrim remains shut following weather alert, repairs

Washington (Platts)--10 Feb 2017 431 pm EST/2131 GMT


Entergy's 728-MW Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Plymouth, Massachusetts, remained shut Friday morning, a company spokesman said.

The reactor was shut at midnight EST (0500 GMT) Thursday ahead of the winter snowstorm that was moving into New England, the spokesman, Patrick O'Brien, said in an email. O'Brien declined comment when asked for an estimate of when Pilgrim will be restarted and return to 100% of capacity, noting this information "is considered business sensitive.

The unit was at 30% of capacity ahead of the shutdown, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had said in its Thursday reactor status report. The NRC Friday also said the reactor remained shut.

A leak for saltwater into one of reactor's condenser tubes that led operators Monday to reduce power to about 50% of capacity had been repaired, O'Brien said Thursday.

"Pilgrim proactively decided to plug additional tubes to prevent this type of issue in the future," he said. "This work will continue while the plant is offline."

--Jim Ostroff, james.ostroff@spglobal.com

--Edited by Richard Rubin, richard.rubin@spglobal.com

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