Event Report: South Carolina nuke loses offsite power

The Catawba nuclear power plant in South Carolina lost all offsite power to its two reactors last night. The plant declared a Notice of Unusual Event (NOUE) as required by its lcense whenever the facility loses offsite power for more than fifteen minutes.

Catawba lost power to both its reactors. Unit 1 tripped automatically from 100 per cent power, while Unit 2 was shut down prior to the incident following a fire Monday in the Plant Vital Battery Room. (Duke Energy’s press release on the event say: “Unit 2 was already shutdown due to a scheduled refueling outage.” No mention of that little fire Monday.)

Catawba restored power to the reactors and ended the NOUE just before 2 am today The cause of the power loss is still under investigation.

You can read the full NRC Event Report at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html

Or, if your tastes run more to fantasy, you can read the Duke Energy release at: http://www.duke-energy.com/news/releases/2012040501.asp


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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