Posted on 10 August 2013 by Priyanka Shrestha
One of the units at a nuclear power plant in the US has returned back to service following a major accident last year.
Entergy said the Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO) Unit 1 needed “extensive restoration efforts”, including damage evaluation, repairs to non-nuclear plant components and rescheduling the unit’s refuelling activities.
It was necessary following the collapse of a contractor’s crane while moving a generator stator out of the turbine building – a non-nuclear part of the plant.
The restoration efforts saw 55 tons of steel erected and 93 cubic yards of concrete place, in addition to hundreds of cable installations, switchgear replacements and electrical repairs.
Together Unit 1 and 2 of the plant supply 1,823MW of electricity, equivalent to around 30% of the total energy demand of the state.
Jeremy Browning, ANO site Vice President said: “We’d like to thank the community for their outpouring of support at both the local and state levels. The ANO team is committed to the safety of this plant, the people who work here and those who live in this community.”
Entergy owns and operates power plants with around 30,000MW of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000MW of nuclear power. It provides electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Earlier this week a US power company announced it will not be proceeding with a $24 billion (£15.7bn) nuclear power project in central Florida.