ST. FRANCISVILLE, La., Oct. 11, 2001 — River Bend Station completed Entergy Nuclear’s shortest and safest refueling outage when it restarted today after 17 days.
The outage was completed in approximately half the time of River Bend’s previous best.
“This record-breaking refueling outage is the product of commitment, dedication and teamwork by all our employees across the Entergy system,” said Randall Edington, vice president of operations at River Bend. “Their enthusiasm and energy level created this milestone achievement in this station’s history.”
River Bend’s performance demonstrates Entergy Nuclear’s aggressive approach to improving its refueling outages and trims the Company’s 2001 average refueling outage duration to 23 days, 6 hours. This commitment to improving plant performance benefits customers by providing a reliable source of power from safe, emission-free nuclear-fueled plants.
Specifics of industrial safety performance during River Bend’s refueling outage include:
* No lost-time accidents
* Only two incidents that fit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s definition of a “recordable” accident
* A reduction by nearly half in first aid cases
River Bend Station is a General Electric boiling water reactor model type six. The plant produces an average of 936 megawatts (maximum dependable capacity). Prior to the outage, the year-to-date capacity factor was at 100 percent.
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy, a global energy company based in New Orleans, is the third largest power generator in the nation with more than 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity, about $10 billion in revenue and over 2.6 million customers.
Entergy’s nuclear businesses encompass five power reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions, and four reactors at three sites in Massachusetts and New York. Entergy Nuclear has also signed an agreement to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant at Vernon, Vt., and expects to close that transaction in the second quarter of 2002.
Entergy Nuclear also furnishes license renewal and decommissioning services to the U.S. nuclear power industry.
Entergy Nuclear’s on-line address is www.entergy-nuclear.com