Boilers, Nuclear

Seawater Leak at Pilgrim Nuclear Forces Reduced Power

By Editors of Power Engineering

A seawater leak has caused the Pilgrim nuclear power plant to operate at reduced power.

The move will allow plant workers to isolate a leak into the plant’s condenser system and undertake repairs, reported the Cape Cod Times.

Additionally, one of the plant’s two circulating water pumps has been taken offline.

Entergy Corp. said there was no radiation release or threat to worker or public safety.

A similar leak in the main condenser also caused the plant’s power levels to drop in February 2016.

Entergy announced it will shut down the 680-MW Pilgrim in 2019. The NRC will allow the facility to continue to operate, though under heavy scrutiny.