Wolf Creek resumes operation after being down since September

Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating has resumed power generation at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant near Burlington, Kansas, which has been offline for more than two months.

The roughly 1,150-MW Wolf Creek plant was listed at 55% power generation early Nov. 22. Operators had manually shut down the plant Sept. 2 due to indications of a small water leak in the system that cools the reactor.

Wolf Creek was already scheduled to shut down on Sept. 24 for a refueling and maintenance outage. Plant executives decided to keep the plant offline through the scheduled outage.

Prior to the September shutdown, the plant had run for nearly 500 days. The plant should be back at 100% power on Nov. 23, a spokesperson said.

Two of the owners of Wolf Creek Nuclear are merging as Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) is buying Westar Energy (NYSE:WR). Kansas Electric Power Cooperative also owns a stake in the nuclear plant.

The pressurized water reactor (PWR) facility is licensed to operate until March 2045.

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