The Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) Prairie Island 2 nuclear unit in Minnesota is back producing power and was listed at 30% generation early Feb. 24 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
NRC records indicate that Prairie Island 2 experienced a forced outage in mid-December and has been offline since Dec. 17 to make repairs.
“Prairie Island Unit 2 was brought back online Feb. 23 after repairs were made to the unit’s main electrical generator; the unit should reach 100 percent power this week,” said an Xcel Energy spokesperson. “The generator experienced a fault in December and has been off-line while the cause was identified and the repairs were made by the vendor.”
The Prairie Island complex in Welch, Minnesota includes two pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that each has a generating capacity of roughly 550 MW. Both units were commissioned in 1974.