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Indian Point Unit 3 Back In Service After $100M Refueling Outage

Unit 3 at Indian Point is back up and running following a shutdown for maintenance.
Unit 3 at Indian Point is back up and running following a shutdown for maintenance. Photo Credit: File

BUCHANAN, N.Y. --  Unit 3 at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant returned to service Thursday following a $100 million overhaul shut down the unit on March 13.

Control room operators returned Unit 3 online early Thursday, sending electricity to the area following the outage for refueling, maintenance, and inspections.

“We will continue to provide reliable, safe and clean electricity to millions of New Yorkers for the next four years, in accordance with our settlement agreement with New York State,” said Tony Vitale, site vice president and Entergy’s top official at Indian Point.

Among the items inspected were the bolts on a removable liner inside the reactor. Specialists replaced 270 of the bolts and confirmed that the plates secured by the bolts remained structurally sound and functional.

This was the second-to-last refueling outage at Unit 3 before its permanent shut down by April 30, 2021, under the settlement with New York State.

Unit 2, which remains in service at full power and has been online for more than 300 continuous days, will undergo its final refueling and maintenance outage next spring before it permanently shuts down by April 30, 2020.

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