Minnesota reactor shuts down following transformer lockout

The St. Cloud Times just posted an Associated Press story on a problem at Monticello nuclear in Minnesota:

Operators of the Monticello nuclear power plant are investigating what caused a transformer to lock out, prompting the plant to automatically shut down.

Xcel Energy says the plant shut down safely this afternoon. The company says the shutdown was not expected to last long.

Xcel says the transformer lockout briefly interrupted non-safety-related power from the grid to part of the site. The company says all plant safety systems functioned as designed, and there is no danger to the public or plant workers.

The 600-megawatt plant is located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

I’ll post more details on Monday when the NRC Event Report becomes available.

Here’s a link to the St. Cloud Times story: http://www.sctimes.com/article/20111021/NEWS01/110210046/Monticello-nuclear-plant-automatically-shuts-down?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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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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