Pilgrim powering down for planned repairs
PLYMOUTH – Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station officials are powering down the reactor to do some repairs, a spokesman for the plant announced tonight.
“After careful consideration we made the conservative decision to take Pilgrim off-line to perform necessary maintenance to address low-level equipment needs that could potentially challenge reliability for the remainder of the operating cycle,” spokeswoman Joyce McMahon said in an email. The timing of the outage had been planned in advance after a discussion with grid operator ISO-New England.
“Pilgrim’s power is vital to the grid,” McMahon said. “ISO-NE asked us to schedule maintenance at this time so Pilgrim can provide power during other power plants’ scheduled maintenance outages as well as during the coming peak summer demand.”
Maintenance will be done on piping, valves, pump seals and electrical equipment. “This maintenance will directly support increased reliability for the rest of our operating cycle, which ends with the next scheduled refueling in mid-2015,” McMahon said.