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Costly power loss at nuclear plant

Turbine vibrations hold nuke plant at 65% power

SEABROOK — The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant is currently operating at only 65 percent capacity because of turbine problems experienced as operators tried to bring the plant up to 100 percent power after a refueling outage.

NextEra Energy Resources LLC, a subsidiary of FLP Inc., the operator of Seabrook Station, has kept the 1,245-megawatt nuclear power station at this level since mid-November due to a vibration in a low pressure turbine, a spokesman at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Reuters news service Monday, Dec. 1. That was confirmed by plant spokesman Alan Griffith on Wednesday……………

Neither the NRC spokesman, nor Griffith would say when the unit would return to full power. Griffith said he could not say how much money the utility was losing as a result of not operating at full power for nearly a month.

Turbine vibrations hold nuke plant at 65% power |

December 5, 2009 - Posted by | 1, business and costs, USA | , ,

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