Unit 2 of Cook nuclear plant back to 47% power

Unit 2 of the D.C. Cook nuclear power plant in Michigan, which had been knocked offline a week earlier, was back to 47% power early July 13, according to reactor status data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The unit, operated by American Electric Power (AEP) utility Indiana Michigan Power, had gone offline after a piece of equipment in the turbine building ruptured on July 6.

The Cook nuclear plant, located in Bridgman, Michigan, consists of two pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that each has a capacity rating of roughly 1,100 MW. Unit 1 continued to run at full power.

NRC is looking into the accident that was initially described as an “unanticipated explosion.” No one was in the area at the time and there were no injuries, the utility has said.

Indiana Michigan reported said the reactor returned to service at about 6 p.m. on July 12. The company also released additional information in a July 13 news release.

“The cause of the failure is believed to be vibration-induced metal fatigue,” the utility said. “During the repairs, improvements were made to the expansion joint to ensure reliability until the unit is taken off line this fall for refueling. More comprehensive design change improvements will be made then.”

Plant operators manually shut down the reactor immediately following the rupture and briefly entered the site’s emergency plan at the lowest level following the incident, the utility went on to say.

The Cook station had a capacity factor of 88% during 2014, according to GenerationHub data.


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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.