Nuclear Power Maintenance Outage Begins Early at Fermi 2

Nuclear Power Maintenance Outage Begins Early at Fermi 2

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) started a refueling and maintenance outage at the 1,170-MW Fermi 2 nuclear power unit in Michigan after the unit was manually shut down.
 
Workers shut down the plant Sept. 20 following the failure of a turbine cooling water system. The refueling outage was scheduled to begin Sept. 28.
 
“Since we are already shut down, this enables us to more efficiently use the time and resources necessary to begin work we had already planned for the refueling and maintenance outage,” said Vito Kaminskas, Fermi 2 site vice president.
 
A refueling and maintenance outage is performed every 18 months at Fermi 2. Personnel will replace about a third of the fuel in the reactor and complete thousands of maintenance and testing activities.
 
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