Crystal River shutdown indefinite

The 860 MW Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida will remain out of service while Progress Energy Florida conducts an analysis and review of a separation in the concrete of Unit 3’s wall of the containment building. The company said options to return the plant to service will be analyzed after the report is complete. The company said it cannot estimate a return to service date for the nuclear unit.

The plant was first shut down in September 2009 for refueling and maintenance and workers created an opening in the structure to replace a steam generator. Concrete at the periphery of the containment building was damaged at that time.

In March 2011, retensioning work on tendons was suspended while engineers looked into evidence of additional separation resulting from the retensioning work.

Progress Energy said it maintains insurance for property damage and incremental costs of replacement power resulting from prolonged accidental outages through Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL). As of December 31, 2010, the company has spent approximately $150 million on the repair and $290 million on replacement power costs. NEIL has paid $181 million during that time period, including $117 million for replacement power and $64 million toward covered repair costs.

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