Operators shut down Unit 2 at Prairie Island nuclear power plant

Caption: Prairie Island nuclear power plant

 

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Operators have safely shut down Unit 2 of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing.

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. says there was no risk to the public or employees from the condition that led to the shutdown Sunday morning. The company says the unit was shut down in response to a turbine trip caused by low oil pressure.

Plans are underway to make repairs and return the unit to service.

During outages, Xcel Energy purchases electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator or other utilities or increases electricity production at its other plants to ensure an adequate power supply for customers.

The two reactors at Prairie Island generate 1,076-MW of electricity, enough to power nearly 1 million homes.

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