Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Operating at Reduced Power for Valve Tests

COURTESY PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION

PLYMOUTH –Entergy Officials say that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth is currently operating at reduced power due to scheduled testing on a turbine stop valve.

According to Plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien, the testing is required quarterly to ensure that the turbine performs as expected when the plant comes offline for any reason.

During the power reduction, the plant will also be conducting inspections, maintenance and testing that cannot be otherwise done with the plant operating at full power.

Information on when the plant will return to 100 percent power will not be made public as Entergy Officials say that it is market sensitive.

Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted inspections at the plant from November 28-December 8 and will return on January 9.

Pilgrim has been named by the NRC as one of the three worst performing plants in the country.

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