Arkansas Nuclear One Plans for Unit 2 Restart

Thu Apr 4, 2013 6:56pm EDT

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NEW ORLEANS,  April 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Entergy officials are making plans
to restart Arkansas Nuclear One's Unit 2, a process anticipated to take several
weeks. The unit has been offline since Sunday when it shut down automatically
after a 550-ton generator stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine
building, a non-nuclear area of the plant.  


The Unit 1 generator stator was being moved for replacement, and a new stator
scheduled for installation is already staged at an offsite location. The move of
the generator stator was associated with Unit 1 refueling outage, which began on
 March 24, 2013.

"Ultimately, we are committed to restoring both units at ANO to full power
operations," said  Jeremy Browning, ANO site vice president. "We have augmented
our team with both corporate staff and outside experts for the methodical
process of inspection and assessment to ensure we fully understand what happened
over the weekend, and that our restart is conducted safely."

Further evaluation will be needed for Unit 1, Browning added, where damage
evaluation, repair estimates and rescheduling the unit's refueling activities
will take more time.  

Both units remain in a stable, shutdown condition. Unit 1 is receiving power
from diesel generators, and work is under way to restore off-site power over the
coming days. Unit 2 is receiving off-site power.  

The industrial accident resulted in the fatality of one worker and injuries to
eight others, one of whom remains hospitalized. All were contract workers
supporting Unit 1's refueling activities. There was no radiological release and
no impact on public health and safety.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of these
individuals," said Browning. "In addition, counseling services are being
provided to employees at the plant."  

Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an
integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and
retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more
than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading
nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in  Arkansas,  Louisiana,  Mississippi  and  Texas. Entergy has annual
revenues of more than  $10 billion  and approximately 15,000 employees.

Entergy Operations, Inc.'s online address is

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