Wednesday, February 1, 2012

External Power Restored at Byron Nuclear Plant

From Rockford Register Star (1/31/2012 10:03PM):

BYRON — Operators at Byron Generating Station terminated the Unusual Event at 8 p.m. today, after the return of power to Unit 2.

“Our diesel generators performed as expected in providing continuous electricity to the unit during the Unusual Event. Plant teams will now focus on a safe and measured approach to returning Unit 2 to the electrical grid,” said Byron Station Site Vice President Tim Tulon.

Station personnel are in communication with local, state and federal officials, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the facility’s status.

The Unusual Event, which was declared Monday, is the lowest of the four emergency classifications as established by the NRC.

Byron’s Unit 1 continues to safely supply electricity to customers.

Exelon Nuclear officials say an equipment failure in a switchyard near the plant triggered the automatic shutdown of Unit 2.

(Full article at the link)


Anonymous said...

An equipment in a switchyard(?) near the plant triggered the shutdown?? So in spite of the dual path for external power to these incredibly unstable devices, the multiple power feeds all go through one swithching device that can take the plant off line?? What a great system.

Anonymous said... equipment failure... My omission...

Apolline said...

Oops, it was not 6 liters leaking, but 8.5 tons of water from pipe in reactor 4

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Mike said...

If the system "performed as expected," why did they have to vent radioactive steam to the environment?

^(rhetorical question)

View Website Selling a Farm said...

Their highly trained engineers and operators performed exceptionally well in taking the proper safe steps to analyze data and make repairs, and then thoroughly checked and tested systems before restoring the unit to service.

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