Palisades Nuclear Power Plant Back Online After Refueling Outage

Posted at 1:07 PM, Mar 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-16 13:07:17-04

COVERT, Mich. (March 16, 2014)- The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant is now back online after 55 day planned refueling and maintenance outage.

According to Palisades Officials, the power plant went back online at 6:44 a.m. Sunday morning. During the outage at the power plant, 64 used fuel assemblies were removed from the reactor and replaced. Also Palisades workers inspected the reactor vessel and two low pressure turbines.

Early in the refueling outage, inspections were conducted on all of the 45 control rod drive housings. Seventeen of the 45 housings were not up to Palisades’ inspection criteria and all 45 housings were replaced prior to the power plant going back online in a proactive matter. The control rod drives permit control rods to be inserted and withdrawn from the reactor core. Each one of the control rods are encased in a housing. Palisades officials say there were no leakage associated with any of the housings and there was no risk to the public.

More than 8,500 work activities were completed during this outage.