USA, Minnesota: The Prairie Island nuclear plant began its 30th refueling of Unit 1, during which the plant operator plans to spend $50 million on the maintenance and new equipment.

Nuclear refuelling to be used for $50M equipment improvements

USA, Minnesota: The Prairie Island nuclear plant began its 30th refueling of Unit 1, during which the plant operator plans to spend $50 million on the maintenance and new equipment.

“We are going to invest about $50 million in new equipment,” Site Vice President Scott Northard said, “fom oil changes to transformer replacements, several major projects will improve plant performance and meet regulatory requirements,” reports Republican Eagle.

Xcel Energy has hired more than 1,000 specialized contractors to assist in replacing about one-third of the plant’s fuel and completing key maintenance that can only be performed during refuelling.

The refuelling and all the works will take place within the period of five weeks.

Source: Republican Eagle