Entergy starts Palisades refueling outage

Covert, Mich. – Control room operators removed Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear Power Plant from service at 11 a.m. today to begin Palisades’ 23rd refueling and maintenance outage. 

During the outage, workers will replace 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests, and inspections on plant equipment. Other major work includes inspections of the reactor vessel and Palisades’ two low pressure turbines.

This work will be completed by Palisades’ 600 full-time employees, supported by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers including pipefitters, millwrights, teamsters, ironworkers, carpenters, boilermakers, electricians, laborers, valve technicians, engineers, operating engineers, and radiation protection technicians.

The influx of more than 1,000 outside workers and their associated spending will provide an economic boost to the local communities.