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Georgia Power reports manual reactor trip from 21% power

Nov. 13, 2002 — A Georgia Power nuclear reactor was manually tripped off during power-up Wednesday, operators reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The Vogtle Unit 2 reactor, located in Waynesboro, Ga., was at 21 percent power and its main turbine roll-up was in progress to synch to the grid after a refueling outage.

For some reason, the steam generator #3 water level increased too fast, which tripped the main turbine and the main feedwater.

No damage was done. The reactor is stable in Mode 3 (Hot Standby) and operators are investigating the cause of the malfunction.