Pump failure shuts down nuclear power unit

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Caption: Beaver Valley nuclear power station

Unit 1 at the Beaver Valley nuclear power station in Pennsylvania manually tripped from 85 percent power due to a condensate pump trip.
 
The unit was performing an emergent power reduction due to a degraded condensate pump prior to the manual trip. An end-of-cycle Tave coastdown was in progress at the time of the shutdown. All control rods inserted fully and all backup systems worked as designed.
 
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) spokeswoman Jennifer Young told the Associated Press that a bad bearing is believed to be responsible for the failure of the pump. The unit will be offline for a few days while the pump is fixed.
 
Unit 2 continued to operate at full power.

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