South Texas Project extends Unit 2 outage

By adriana_acosta

Nov. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.

Unit 2 of the South Texas Project remains shut down as repairs are made. It is expected to be operational by the end of the month.

Unit 2 of the South Texas Project remains shut down as repairs are made. It is expected to be operational by the end of the month.

BAY CITY - South Texas Project announced it will extend its Unit 2 outage to repair a seal-housing gasket on a reactor coolant pump, which moves water through the steam generator.

Last week, Unit 2 automatically shut down due to a non-safety related equipment failure.

An electrical fault created an under voltage condition, which drove the unit to shut down.

"We've made the appropriate, conservative decision to make these repairs," said Ed Halpin, South Texas Project president and chief executive officer. "Our team will - in every situation - put safety over production. We are committed to our longstanding track record of safe and reliable operations. This decision will ensure that we maintain that commitment."

The focus is to take steps to correct the situation, but to also continue to safely and reliably run Unit 1, said Buddy Eller, director of communication for South Texas Project.

"This is very atypical to have a situation like this," Eller said. "We take great pride in being an industry leader in production and reliability."

Each of the facility's two units contains four reactor coolant pumps and four steam generators.

While the gasket's condition is within operating criteria, a decision was made to extend the outage and make the repairs.

A repair schedule is being finalized this weekend. Restoration of the unit is projected to be completed this month.


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