Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Severely Unecon...

Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Severely Uneconomic

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Sep 5, 2013
Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Severely Uneconomic

I mean, last cycle with all their shutdowns and power reduction associated with the defective new safety relief valves…now for the last five days the plant has been restricted to 75%…how can these guys be economically healthy.

As I said, I think Entergy has lost the capability to effectively and cost effective….to keep up with maintenance and upkeep…

They have lost the capability to maintain increasing members of their nuclear fleet up at economic high capacity factor.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Sep 5, 2013
One thing you can say about Vermont Yankee…they stayed out of the media’s eyes and have maintained very high capacity factors…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Sep 5, 2013
Right, Pilgrim now is on a special NRC watch because of all the shutdown issues.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Sep 5, 2013
I mean, from the startup on Aug 27...they never exceeded 76% power. That is ten days at 75% power?

How has Fitzpatrick been doing?

Are we talking about the next 18 months at 76%?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Sep 5, 2013
Hmm, and Fitz has been at 90% since Aug 25...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Sep 5, 2013
And the media and antis have been asleep about this since start-up.
mike mulligan

United States

#7 Sep 5, 2013
So region ii says they busted a main feed pump...they are staging the job now.
So they tripped by a botched maintenance job done during the the last outage... that shorted the pump cooling power instrumention tripping all feed pumps. They were coming out of that screwup...when they discovered the bum feed pump. The mother is bad..
Don't drop the stator...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Sep 7, 2013
Believe me, Neal Shahan gets it...I talk to him first and then the foes come in to clean up after me. Least it gives him time to gather the agency's information. Neal was kinda nice to me.

What was clear to me talking to Neal...I couldn't get a answer when the first indication they were having troubles with the feed pump. Was it during the trip or did if fail during the startup....or weeks before. Did it have a intermittant or small groud for many days...then it failed.

Everyone including the NRC is pissing their pants wondering if Pilgrim will be next?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#9 Sep 7, 2013
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...

Pilgrim nuclear plant foes cry foul

By CHRISTINE LEGERE
[email protected]
September 07, 2013
PLYMOUTH — Two weeks after an electrical malfunction caused the shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's reactor, the plant is still not at full power.
Representatives from Entergy, which owns and operates the plant, initially attributed the delayed return to standard procedure. Shutdowns provide opportunities to address items on a reactor's "to do" list, they said.

But federal nuclear energy officials confirmed Tuesday that a failed motor in one of three massive pumps that supply water to the reactor was keeping the plant from operating at peak.
The burned-out motor, within days of the wiring problem, had nuclear watchdogs talking.
Diane Turco, a Harwich resident and founder of the Cape Downwinders, compared the 41-year-old plant to an old Volkswagen Beetle. "You keep repairing it bit by bit until the front wheels fall off," Turco said. "This is a far too serious situation to keep having problems. They need to close the reactor."
Mary Lampert, founder of Pilgrim Watch, called the two plant problems "an example of one thing after another."
"It's indicative they're not spending the money to make sure the equipment is in operable condition," Lampert said. A replacement motor was in stock at the plant, but it had last been refurbished in about 2007. Plant officials decided to send it out for an inspection before installing it.
The motor was checked and is now awaiting installation.
"It's fair to say any power plant has operational conditions that need to be managed, and we're doing a good job of responding and getting the plant back to full power," said James Sinclair, spokesman for Entergy.
Lampert said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should be demanding better performance from Pilgrim. "The NRC doesn't seem capable of developing a backbone and making sure they're doing what they should be doing," Lampert said.
NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said feed-water pumps are a production issue, not a safety issue. They provide water for the nuclear reaction process. "Still we are certainly going to monitor the work," Sheehan said of the motor installation.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Sep 7, 2013
On Aug. 22, a breaker had tripped due to a faulty electric cable in the junction box, causing the three large feed-water pumps to shut down. Workers immediately halted the nuclear reaction process.
Pilgrim was at zero power from Aug. 23 to 25, then very slowly powered up over the next three days to 20 percent. On Aug. 29, power reached 74 percent and now hovers at about 76 percent.
While the lower production rate would seemingly result in lost revenue, Sinclair said Entergy does not comment on production-related issues for business reasons.
In its mid-year performance review released Wednesday, the NRC appeared satisfied with the Plymouth plant. "Pilgrim operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives," the review letter said.
The NRC will continue to oversee Pilgrim at the level used for plants that meet performance standards.
Sheehan said the August shutdown, the plant's fifth unplanned shutdown in the last 15 months, wasn't factored into the mid-year review, but will be considered as part of the NRC's third quarter report later this fall.
"We are still evaluating whether there will be any changes in oversight due to the number of unplanned shutdowns," Sheehan wrote in an email.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Sep 7, 2013
But it means China and Russia get veto power, much like a group of tea baggers get veto power in congress.

Getting a international OK is a euphemism for doing nothing…
Grass Harvester

South Burlington, VT

#12 Sep 7, 2013
Germany's renewable system isn't working.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#13 Sep 7, 2013
Germany's and ours are unworkable!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Sep 8, 2013
Remember when the NRC says a huge main feed pump is not safety related....the industry paid congress big bucks to force the NRC to severe limit what they can say is safety relate based solely for public relation purposes.

Since: Nov 10

Brattleboro, VT

#15 Sep 8, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Remember when the NRC says a huge main feed pump is not safety related....the industry paid congress big bucks to force the NRC to severe limit what they can say is safety relate based solely for public relation purposes.
I'm calling bullshite, Mike.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Sep 8, 2013
Basically safety related means up to and including a Fukushima...

The definition safety includes accepting a Fukushima...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Sep 9, 2013
What in the hell is Pilgrim in the NRC status report at 0% powwer...the NRC says they are shutdown today?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#18 Sep 9, 2013
It sounds like they been watching the leak for days and they screwed up big time by not fixing it when they were shutdown for the feedpump trip.

"She said plant personnel had been monitoring the leak while they decided whether it needed an immediate repair. The plant was taken offline when the amount of the leak increased Sunday."
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Sep 10, 2013
http://news.google.com/newspapers...

They don’t say where the leak comes from…the worst nuclear power plant accident in the USA comes from the Surry nuclear plant which scaled to death 4 workers and severely injured two more in 1985...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#20 Sep 10, 2013
So Region 1 says it is a leaking feed water heater...

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