Indian Point 3 goes offline unexpectedly

The Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Indian Point 3 nuclear facility in Buchanan, New York, tripped offline unexpectedly July 8 due to low steam generator water levels, according to information filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“”Indian Point Unit 3 was manually tripped at 1427 EDT due to lowering steam generator water levels. At 1425 EDT, #31 condensate pump tripped, causing the lowering water levels. There were no immediate complications on the trip and the unit is stable in Mode 3,” according to the event report filed with NRC.

The Indian Point 2 facility remains stable and operating at 100% power. Entergy notified both NRC and the New York Public Service Commission.

Indian Point 3 received much media attention earlier this year as a result of a transformer fire that occurred May 9. In addition to forcing Unit 3 out of service for a couple of weeks, the incident also resulted in much fluid leaking into the Hudson River.

Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are both pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and each is listed with an operating capacity of roughly 1,000 MW.

Data shows that 97 of the 99 commercial power reactors in the United States, only two are not currently generating power – Indian Point 3 and the American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) D.C. Cook Unit 1 in Michigan. Cook 1 has been offline since June 1.

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