Killona, La. -- Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station operators connected the
plant back to the electrical grid today. The site is now providing safe,
reliable energy to assist in the massive power restoration effort after shutting
down in advance of Hurricane Isaac.
"Once again, our ongoing efforts to maintain a high state of readiness to
respond to any emergency proved successful," said Site Vice President Donna
Jacobs. "I am very proud of the hard work of our employees to prepare and
implement our severe weather procedures and grateful for the support of the
entire Entergy Nuclear fleet."
The plant, located 25 miles from New Orleans, was safely shut down Tuesday
before the full impact of Hurricane Isaac and received no storm-related damage.
Entergy officials made the conservative decision to bring the plant offline in
advance of Isaac's landfall.
Now that Waterford 3 has been reconnected to the electrical grid, power
output will be increased in coordination with transmission grid operators and
the Entergy Utility business.
Waterford and Entergy Nuclear teams worked closely with the Federal Emergency
Management Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and local
authorities to implement a thorough plan to bring the plant back online.
Prior to resuming power production, Entergy's ability to implement the
Waterford 3 emergency plan was confirmed. The effort involved an extensive
checklist verifying that evacuation routes were able to be traveled, that
communication channels with public officials and parish emergency facilities
were intact, and that the public alert siren system was functioning.
Waterford 3 sustained no damage from Hurricane Isaac. The robustly
constructed plant is designed to withstand the impact of 200-mph hurricane winds
and provided safe shelter for employees who remained to staff the plant
throughout the storm. 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 regional maximum.
Entergy's River Bend Station and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson,
Miss., continued to operate through the storm using severe weather procedures
that involve pre-storm plant walk-downs, equipment checks and detailed staffing
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.