Entergy (NYSE:ETR) said Oct. 26 that it has taken the roughly 1,200-MW Waterford 3 nuclear plant in Louisiana offline for a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.
Entergy removed the nuclear plant from service on Oct. 25. The plant operates on an 18-month refueling cycle.
Work will be completed by more than 600 Waterford 3 full-time employees and supported by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers including pipefitters, millwrights, ironworkers, carpenters, boilermakers, electricians, laborers, valve technicians, engineers, operating engineers and radiation protection technicians, Entergy said.
The influx of more than 1,100 outside workers and their associated spending will provide an economic boost to the local communities, Entergy said in a news release.
The single-unit pressurized water reactor (PWR) is located in St. Charles Parish, La. It had a capacity factor of 89% in 2013. It is licensed to operate through late 2024