Vogtle reactor back to full capacity

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:38 AM
Last updated 2:30 PM
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Plant Vogtle's Unit 1 reactor was restored to 100 percent generating capacity early today after its unexpected automatic shutdown last week.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the reactor was running at 30 percent capacity on Monday, gradually powering up to full capacity today.

 Southern Nuclear spokeswoman Alyson Fuqua said no additional fluctuations are anticipated. “We do work a checklist whenever we are bringing a unit back to power, but at this point we think it will remain up at 100 percent.”

Engineers, meanwhile, are continuing to examine and test the equipment associated with a tripped breaker that caused the unit to shut itself down last Wednesday. The equipment was replaced with new components that appear to be working properly, she said.

There have been no problems with Vogtle’s Unit 2, which has remained at 100 percent capacity throughout the past week.

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