Entergy River Bend knocked offline due to low reactor water level

The Entergy (NYSE:ETR) River Bend nuclear plant in Louisiana went offline unexpectedly after 9 p.m. on June 1, the company has reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“At 2111 [CDT] River Bend Nuclear Station sustained an Automatic Reactor Scram due to low Reactor Water Level (Level 3),” according to the event report filed with NRC.

“The plant is currently stable, with level being maintained in a normal band of 10 – 51 inches with Condensate and Feedwater. Reactor Pressure is in the prescribed band of 500-1090 psig. The plant is in Mode 3, Hot Shutdown, and will remain in Mode 3 until investigation of the scram is complete,” according to the NRC report.

River Bend was still listed at zero generation early June 2. River Bend had undergone a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage earlier this year.

River Bend is a single-unit, 1,000-MW boiling water reactor (BWR) in West Feliciana Parish, La.

Speaking of unplanned outages, the Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) Prairie Island 1 facility in Minnesota was also still listed at zero generation early June 2, in NRC data. Prairie Island 1 had experienced a reactor trip earlier on June 1.

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