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Point Beach reactor restarted after refueling

7:53 PM, Dec. 3, 2012  |  Comments
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TWO CREEKS - Point Beach Nuclear Plant restarted its Unit 2 reactor on Sunday after a scheduled refueling.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the reactor was at 76 percent in its Monday morning status report.

The two-unit nuclear plant on the shore of Lake Michigan nine miles north of Two Rivers replaces one-third of the fuel assemblies in each of the two reactors every 18 months. Refueling, which includes a host of planned maintenance projects, takes 30 to 40 days, normally. Refueling typically results in some 650 additional temporary contract jobs.

As part of the shutdown, large pumps that draw water from Lake Michigan were scheduled to be replaced. The pumps draw 413,000 gallons of water per minute per reactor to cool condensers.

Point Beach, owned by NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla., employs 700 people.

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