(STL.News) – Arkansas Nuclear One’s Unit 1 returned to service Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:56 p.m. following the completion of its 28th successful refueling and maintenance outage. Control room workers returned the plant to operation, sending electricity to the grid after a planned shutdown that began Oct 5.
“Entergy and the ANO team are committed to providing safe, secure and reliable electricity to the community’s residents and businesses,” said John Dinelli, ANO site vice president. “In addition to the commitment of more than 1,100 ANO team members, an additional 1,200 contract workers supported this outage. We appreciate the professionalism they demonstrated; the evaluations and maintenance conducted will position this plant as a good community asset for years to come.”
During the scheduled refueling and maintenance outage, trained professionals replaced fuel in the reactor. They also inspected and upgraded hundreds of pipes, pumps, electrical components and other equipment. Hundreds of thousands work hours were performed.
ANO is a dual unit site, housing two nuclear reactors. Unit 2 continued operating during the Unit 1 refueling outage.
Refueling outages are necessary to fuel nuclear plants every 18 to 24 months, allowing safe and reliable electricity in a cost-effective manner. Refuels also provide an economic boost for local businesses and temporary housing providers.
Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,500 employees.