Buchanan – Control room
operators will briefly remove Indian Point’s unit 3 nuclear power plant from
service this evening in order to reconnect the plant’s auxiliary electrical
transformer. The plant has been operating since March 1 after being taken out of
service on Feb. 29 to disconnect the transformer for a precautionary repair.
The auxiliary electrical transformer
takes electricity from the plant’s main electrical generator and reduces its
voltage to power various plant equipment. Unit 3 operated between March 1 and
April 10, using a separate source of electrical power for use on site while
repairs to the transformer were being made.
Workers repaired a tap changer, a
part of the transformer that regulates the voltage output from the transformer.
Unit 3 has been online for 41
continuous days of operation since the shutdown to remove the auxiliary
transformer from service.
Unit 2 is operating at full
power and has been online for 10 continuous days since completing its twentieth
refueling outage on April 1.
Indian Point Energy Center, in
Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit
3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes,
businesses and public facilities primarily in New York City and Westchester
Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is