Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station returned to full service after a 35-day planned shutdown to renew components and replace fuel in the reactor, according to a statement released by the company.
According to the press release, Entergy spent $70 million to upgrade, replace, overhaul and inspect hundreds of pieces of equipment. “Our 2015 refueling outage was a great success,” said John Dent, the Site Vice President at Pilgrim.
The restart did hit a snag Friday when crews identified an issue with the condenser, which converts steam from the turbine into water, during the startup of the turbine generator, according to Wicked Local.
Nearly 2,000 employees, including 1,184 extra contract workers, performed hundreds of activities that can be done only while the unit is shut down. The major activities included replacement of a water heater, post-Fukushima upgrades and condenser boot seal replacements, according to the statement.