Crystal River restart delayed

Progress Energy Florida says it will have to delay the restart of its Crystal River nuclear power plant because repairs are taking longer than expected.

The plant was damaged in 2009 while workers were removing and replacing large steam generators. The unit was already shut down for refueling and maintenance at the time the cracks in the concrete outer wall were found. It was scheduled to restart in April.

The company told regulators with the Florida Public Service Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will take longer to adjust the tension on steel tendons that strengthen the wall.

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