Xcel Energy takes Prairie Island Unit 1 offline for about two weeks

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) said Jan. 27 that it has taken the Prairie Island Unit 1 nuclear facility offline to replace a reactor coolant pump seal.

The work is expected to be completed in about two weeks. The situation poses no danger to the public or plant workers, Xcel Energy said. Unit 2 continues to operate at full power, the company said in a statement.

Prairie Island 1 had its most recent refueling and maintenance outage in late 2014.following a 644-day non-stop run.

The unit was taken offline at 7:56 p.m. CDT on Monday, Jan. 26. The plant is run by Xcel utility subsidiary Northern States Power-Minnesota.

The Prairie Island nuclear plant is 28 miles southeast of the Minneapolis-St. Paul and about six miles northwest of Red Wing. The plant’s two pressurized water reactors generate 1,076 MW of electricity.

Xcel Energy has said that it plans to slash its carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2030, which will help it comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan.

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