Entergy River Bend nuclear unit offline for refueling

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) confirmed Monday Feb. 23 that its River Bend nuclear unit in St. Francisville, La., was taken offline during the weekend for a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

The plant is about 25 miles from Baton Rouge. It was taken offline about 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, for its 18th refueling outage, an Entergy spokesperson said. The facility is a roughly 1,000-MW boiling water reactor (BWR) that was commissioned in 1986.

River Bend typically refuels every two years, a spokesperson said.

River Bend increased its power capacity by about 52 MW in a 2003 uprate. The plant provides roughly 10% of the total electricity demand for Louisiana, according to an Entergy web site.

River Bend is currently licensed to operate until 2025. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in February 2014 that it expects Entergy to file an application for a 20-year license extension for the plant, possibly in the first quarter of 2017.


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