Nuclear plant back at full power

November 14, 2012

Both of the reactor units at the Comanche Peak nuclear plant near Glen Rose are back to 100 percent output, according to a spokesman.

“Unit 1 resynchronized to the grid (Sunday) afternoon; Unit 2 returned to 100 percent from its down power (Sunday) afternoon as well,” said Ashley Barrie, corporate communications manager for Luminant Generation Co., which operates the Somervell County plant, just south of the Hood County line.

Unit 1 had been manually shut down since Nov. 2 for maintenance after high temperatures were detected in a reactor coolant pump motor bearing.

Power was temporarily reduced on Unit 2 because of a tube leak on an auxiliary condenser on the plant’s non-nuclear side.

The initial report on Unit 1 on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website said it was a “non-emergency” incident, and that “all safety systems functioned as designed.”

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