Entergy’s Pilgrim expected back online soon

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) officials expect the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., to get back online soon, possibly this weekend, company officials said during a quarterly earnings call on Feb. 5.

Pilgrim shut down due to Winter Storm Juno on Jan. 27 on remained listed at zero generation early Feb. 6, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) data. Pilgrim did lose off-site power but safety systems and backup power worked, Entergy officials said during the call.

“We expect that plant to start up in the next couple of days,” Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said in response to a question from a financial analyst. Pilgrim could be back at full power within days, according to Entergy

Pilgrim is a roughly 670-MW boiling water reactor (BWR) located about 40 miles south of Boston.

The current unscheduled outage at Pilgrim does not alter plans for a refueling and maintenance outage at that facility in the spring.  “It does not change date for spring outage.

Entergy expects to conduct refueling and maintenance outages scheduled this year for three of its non-utility nuclear units.

Entergy has three roughly refueling and maintenance outages scheduled for 2015. Indian Point 3, which is located in New York, and Pilgrim are expected to refuel this spring. Meanwhile the Palisades plant is expected to refuel in the fall. 

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