Pilgrim Reconnects to Grid After 43-Day Outage

COURTESY PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION

PLYMOUTH – The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has reconnected to the grid for the first time in more than a month.

Station operators powered up the reactor in the overnight hours Thursday, completing a maintenance outage.

Pilgrim was taken offline on March 6 after a leak was discovered in a feedwater heating system, a matter that was fixed five days later.

Station officials decided to keep Pilgrim powered down during the March 13 nor’easter, and then discovered a problem with the start-up transformer before the planned restart after the storm.

“The transformer was replaced safely, and following testing, was placed back in service to complete the outage,” said Pilgrim spokesman Patrick O’Brien.

The Plymouth facility, now 46 years old, has dealt with a series of equipment problems in recent years and is currently one of the three-worst performing reactors in the country in the eyes of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Pilgrim is scheduled to close down permanently in mid-2019.

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