Power output began falling yesterday at the Unit 1 reactor at the South Texas Project (STP.) Yesterday, the NRC Reactor Status Report listed Unit 1 at 75 per cent of rated output. This morning’s report said the reactor was at 48 per cent.
As of this morning, there has been no Event Report, no Preliminary Notification and no press coverage of the decline in output. The operator of the plant, the South Texas Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC), has posted no press release about the event on its website.
The most recent press release on the STPNOC site is a boastful piece about how much electricity STP produced in 2011. Its not likely that there will be a similar optimism about 2012. Unit 2 has been shut down since December, 2011.