As new parts arrive, South Texas nuke operators still have no idea when reactor will run again

The South Texas Project’s Unit 2 has been down since late November of Last year. Reuters carried an article yesterday on the troubled reactor:

Workers at the South Texas Project nuclear station in Texas are installing about three dozen stator coils in Unit 2, which automatically shut in late November due to a malfunction, an STP spokesman said on Monday.  

The unit’s damaged rotor is being refurbished at a Siemens facility in North Carolina.  The 1,280-megawatt STP unit 2 automatically shut Nov. 29  when the main generator malfunctioned due to a ground fault that likely occurred in one of the stator coils, officials at the South Texas Nuclear Operating Co. have said previously. 

The remaining stator coils, weighing from 800 to 1,000 pounds each, are expected to arrive at the station in Matagorda County in the next week or so from a fabrication facility inAlabama. The unit has 72 total stator coils, all of which are being replaced. 

The spokesman declined to say how long the repair work will take or when Unit 2 will be ready to return to service.

Here’s a link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/06/utilities-operations-stp-southtexasproje-idUSL2E8D6INM20120206

 

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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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