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WADSWORTH, November 18, 2013— The South Texas Project has safely started a scheduled Unit 2 refueling and maintenance outage.
During the outage, about one-third of the reactor’s fuel assemblies will be replaced with new ones. In addition, thousands of maintenance activities are scheduled to enhance equipment reliability. Plant systems and components will also be tested and inspected.
“Our team’s focus will be on conducting a safe, event-free refueling outage,” said Dennis Koehl, STP Nuclear Operating Company President and CEO. “Safety is our highest priority, each and every day. It will be our primary focus during this outage.”
The two-unit nuclear facility, one of the nation’s largest, began commercial operation in 1998 and 1989 respectively. The units are on a staggered 18-month refueling cycle. Refueling outages are scheduled in the spring and fall when electrical demand is lowest. This is the plant’s 33rd refueling outage.
At the peak, approximately 1,100 contractors will be on-site to assist during the outage. The majority of these contractors – who come from across the nation – have worked previous refueling outages at STP.
The contractors provide additional resources to effectively complete the outage work scope. In addition, they provide economic benefit to local stores, restaurants and hotels.
The plant is managed by the STP Nuclear Operating Company and owned by Austin Energy, CPS Energy, and NRG Energy. STP’s two units safely produce 2,700 megawatts of carbon-free energy, powering two million Texas homes. To learn more about STP, visit www.stpnoc.com.
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