Killona, La. – Entergy officials today made the conservative decision to
bring the Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station offline in advance of Hurricane
The plant began powering down at roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and is now
Both Waterford 3 in Killona, La. and River Bend Station, near St.
Francisville, La. have sequestered roughly 100 core employees each, not
including security staff. Other employees have been released until after the
Waterford 3 is designed to withstand the impact of 200 mph hurricane winds
and will provide safe shelter for employees remaining at the plant.
Steel-reinforced concrete containment structures protect the reactor, and
redundant safety systems have been designed to withstand the impact of
earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods greater than the historical
Farther from the storm's potential impact, Entergy's River Bend Station in
St. Francisville, La., and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., are
operating under severe weather procedures that involve plant walk-downs,
equipment checks and detailed staffing plans.
There is sufficient generation available within the Entergy system to meet
electrical demand without Waterford 3. After the storm has passed, Waterford 3
will restart based on grid conditions and concurrence from federal authorities.
Entergy Corporation 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 $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.