Electrical problem delays restart of Virginia reactor

Dominion Virginia Power announced this afternoon that it would not achieve its goal of having both reactors at the North Anna nuclear power plant up and running by Sunday. Both units have been out of service since a 5.8 magnitude earthquake August 23.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported earlier today:

Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher, who confirmed that Unit 2 remained idle today, said workers at North Anna had discovered a problem with an electrical connector in Unit 2.

“When you start up units that have been in cold shutdown for a while, you may encounter minor equipment problems that need to be fixed,” Zuercher said, adding that the electrical connector repairs had been completed, “so now they’re moving forward with a restart.”

Zuercher said the goal of having both units operating at 100 percent of capacity by Sunday was no longer reasonable.

He said Unit 2 would be back online soon, but he declined to offer a specific timetable.

Link: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/nov/18/dominion-wont-make-goal-having-north-anna-units-ba-ar-1468691/


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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