BUCHANAN, N.Y. – The Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant was manually shut down early Monday for its 17th scheduled refueling outage, control room operators said Monday.
Unit 3 had been “online generating electricity more than 99 percent of the time” since its last refueling outage in April 2011, Entergy officials said in a press release.
The Indian Point Energy Center has two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, businesses and public facilities primarily in New York City and Westchester County.
“With unit 3 shut down to be refueled, more than 2,000 workers will help perform hundreds of scheduled maintenance activities and inspections,” said John Ventosa, site vice president at Indian Point, in a press release. “Indian Point’s unit 3 has safely and reliably generated electricity for New Yorkers over the past two years and we look forward to its continued safe operation for years to come.”
It remains unclear when Unit 3 is scheduled to resume generating electricity. Indian Point Energy Center officials were not immediately available for comment Monday.