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Control Room Operators Return Indian Point Unit 3 to Service

Indian Point Unit 3 is back in service following a shutdown earlier this week due to electrical disturbance.
Indian Point Unit 3 is back in service following a shutdown earlier this week due to electrical disturbance. Photo Credit: File

BUCHANAN, N.Y. – Control room operators returned Indian Point Unit 3 to service Thursday morning, generating electricity for the first time since an automatic shutdown earlier this week.

The shutdown occurred after the unit's main electrical generator sensed an electrical disturbance in transmission lines that connect the plant to the external power grid. The plant shut down safely, as designed, and operators performed as trained, Indian Point officials said.

Workers replaced several electrical insulators on a high-voltage transmission line this week prior to returning Unit 3 to service. The insulators protect transmission lines and related electrical equipment from the high-voltage associated with each line.

Engineers will examine the replaced insulators over the next few days to help determine the cause of the electrical disturbance.

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, is home to two operating nuclear power plants, Unit 2 and Unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity and supply about 25 percent of power used annually by homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

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