Update on Hurricane Irene and East Coast nuclear power plants

Here’s the latest (as of 1 p.m. central time) on Hurricane Irene and nuclear power plants:

The Boston Globe reported:

(Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick) said the Army Corps of Engineers had informed him it would close the bridges to Cape Cod if winds exceeded 70 miles per hour and operators of the Pilgrim nuclear plant also planned to shut down the plant if winds rose that high.

Link: http://www.boston.com/Boston/2011/08/weather/D8037sSbcp1FFUEllvONzK/index.html

The Irish Times said:

Operations at the two units of the Brunswick nuclear power station in Southport, North Carolina, were ramped down to 65 per cent of the total to make sure they could still run if the storm interrupted the electric grid operations.

Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0827/breaking3.html

Around noon today, Newsworks reported:

Crews have begun to reduce power at The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey.

The Press of Atlantic City reports the reduction has begun at the 42-year-old plant in response to weather conditions from Hurricane Irene.

Crews at the power plant may not need to shut it down – they say they are monitoring the weather throughout the day….

Link: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/flexicontent/item/25625-officials-consider-possible-shutdown-at-the-oyster-creek-nuclear-generating-station/

Reuters ran a comprehensive piece earlier, including this rundown:

Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, perched on the North Carolina coast, ramped down to 65 percent power late on Friday and does expect to return to full power until after the storm has fully passed, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Dominion Resources Inc, shut down its North Anna nuclear power station because of an earthquake on Tuesday. The two-unit, 1,950-megawatt North Anna nuclear plant will remain shut through the storm.

The two-unit, 1,598-MW Surry plant was designed to withstand winds of 360 miles per hour and is expected to remain at full power throughout the storm, a spokesman said on Saturday.

 

(Am I alone in doubting that Surry was really built to withstand wind speeds you might expect on Venus?)

The Reuters article also included an NRC status chart, which I’m not sure I can import without format errors:

STATE         OWNER         PLANT               STATUS SO FAR
  UNIT TYPE           CAPACITY MW
———————————————————————
Connecticut   Dominion      Millstone Unit 2*      NO IMPACT 
Combustion Engineering    884
Connecticut   Dominion      Millstone Unit 3*      NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,227
Maryland      Constellation Calvert Cliffs 1*        NO IMPACT 
Combustion Engineering    873
Maryland      Constellation Calvert Cliffs 2*        NO IMPACT 
Combustion Engineering    862
Massachusetts Entergy       Pilgrim*                    NO IMPACT 
GE-Type 3                 685
New Hampshire Entergy       Seabrook*              NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,295
New Jersey    PSEG Nuclear  Salem Unit 1*       NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,174
New Jersey    PSEG Nuclear  Salem Unit 2*       NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,130
New Jersey    PSEG Nuclear  Hope Creek*          NO IMPACT 
GE Type 4               1,161
New Jersey    Exelon        Oyster Creek*             NO IMPACT 
GE Type 2                 619
New York      Entergy       Indian Point 2*            NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,020
New York      Entergy       Indian Point 3*            NO IMPACT 
WH Four-Loop            1,025
N. Carolina   Progress      Brunswick Unit 1*        REDUCED POWER
GE Type 4                 938
N. Carolina   Progress      Brunswick Unit 1*        REDUCED POWER
GE Type 4                 937
N. Carolina   Progress      Shearon Harris Unit 1  NO IMPACT 
WH Two-Loop               900
Pennsylvania  Exelon        Limerick 1                    NO IMPACT 
GE Type 4               1,134
Pennsylvania  Exelon        Limerick 2                   NO IMPACT 
GE Type 4               1,134
Virginia      Dominion      Surry Unit 1*                 NO IMPACT 
WH Three-Loop             799
Virginia      Dominion      Surry Unit 2*                NO IMPACT 
WH Three-Loop             799
Virginia      Dominion      North Anna Unit 1        OFFLINE  
WH Three-Loop             980.5
Virginia      Dominion      North Anna Unit 2        OFFLINE  
WH Three-Loop             972.9
———————————————————————

    Key:
    GE – General Electric                                    
    WH – Westinghouse
    Numbers in brackets show current power output
    * Stations to which NRC dispatched additional

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/27/nuclear-usa-northeast-idUSN1E77P17920110827

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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