Earlier this week, officials at NRG Energy, owners of the South Texas Project, reported on the status of repairs to its Unit 2 reactor. According to Reuters:
The 1,280-megawatt Unit 2 at the South Texas Project nuclear station in Texas is expected to be back in service by mid-April, well before the state’s peak electric demand, NRG Energy officials told investors this week.
The unit has been shut since Nov. 29, when the main generator malfunctioned due to a ground fault that resulted in damage to rotor and stator coils, South Texas Nuclear Operating Co officials said previously.
The 72 coils have been replaced and the damaged rotor is being refurbished at a Siemens facility in North Carolina.
Forgive me for a healthy dose of scepticism, but the massive rotor is still four or five states away being repaired, and the company says everything will be installed and tested by the middle of next month?
Here’s a link to the Reuters article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/01/utilities-operations-stp-southtexasproje-idUSL2E8E1EXG20120301