Buchanan, NY--Control room operators at the Indian Point Energy Center shut down the unit 3 nuclear power plant for its 17th scheduled refueling outage at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.
Unit 3 had been online generating electricity more than 99 percent of the time since it returned to service from its last refueling outage in April 2011.
“With unit 3 shut down to be refueled, more than 2,000 workers will help perform hundreds of scheduled maintenance activities and inspections,” said John Ventosa, site vice president and top Entergy official at Indian Point. “Indian Point’s unit 3 has safely and reliably generated electricity for New Yorkers over the past two years and we look forward to its continued safe operation for years to come.”
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, businesses and public facilities primarily in New York City and Westchester County.
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, 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 more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.