The unit shut down March 7 and was brought back online June 16. In addition to replacing the fuel, workers also inspected and replaced 278 bolts on a removable liner inside the reactor. Inspections showed the plates that are secured by these bolts were not damaged and are structurally sound and capable of performing their safety function while Unit 2 is in operation. Entergy will conduct a similar bolt inspection at Unit 3 early next year.
Workers also completed significant equipment enhancements to provide another layer of safety redundancy to the plant’s many cooling systems.
Unit 3 continued operating during Unit 2’s shut down.
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