While New Jersey is at the center of the storm, Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PSEG) does not currently plan to power down two of its three nuclear units in the state – although one is already out-of-service for a regularly-scheduled outage.
“Salem Unit 1 and Hope Creek are at full power,” PSEG Nuclear spokesperson Joe Delmar said in an email on Monday afternoon, Oct. 29. “Salem Unit 2 has been offline since October 14 for a scheduled refueling outage. All Salem Unit 2 outage work was suspended as of 6 pm Sunday evening.”
Only “essential personnel” were required to report to the plants during the onset of Hurricane Sandy, Delmar said. There are no immediate plans to take Salem 1 or Hope Creek offline – unless the weather situation worsens.
The units would be taken offline if wind speed reaches greater than 74 miles-per-hour onsite for a period greater than 15 minutes. The units would also be taken offline is the river level reaches greater than 99.5 feet.
There was a high tide around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 when the river peaked at around at roughly 93 feet, Delmar said.
Operated by PSEG Nuclear, Salem is located along with Hope Creek nuclear plant on a 740 acre site in Salem County, N.J.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of New York, things are fine so far at Indian Point Unit 2 and 3, which are located in Buchanan, N.Y.
Absent 75 mile-per-hour winds, there are no current plans to take offline either of the Indian Point units located near New York City, said a spokesperson for Entergy (NYSE: ETR). Powering down a plant could be necessary if off site demand for power diminished as a result of localized power outages, said Entergy spokesperson James Steets.