Buchanan, N.Y. – Workers at Entergy's Indian Point Energy Center will begin
transferring spent fuel from unit 3's spent fuel pool to dry-cask storage on
Sunday, September 16. These will be the first spent fuel assemblies removed from
the unit 3 pool since the plant first produced power in 1975.
Entergy began moving spent fuel from unit 2's spent fuel pool to dry cask
storage in 2007. There are 448 assemblies from unit 2 and 160 assemblies from
unit 1 currently stored in 19 casks on the storage pad on site. The storage pad
has been operating since 2007.
“The movement of spent fuel from the unit 3 pool to dry cask storage is an
historic milestone and an important step that allows unit 3 to continue
operating well into the future,” said John Ventosa, site vice-president at
Indian Point and Entergy's top official at the plant.
The removal of spent fuel from the pool makes space available and allows the
most recently used fuel to be stored in the pool. Workers anticipate moving 192
spent fuel assemblies from the unit 3 pool to the unit 2 pool, and 96 assemblies
to dry cask storage over the next several months.
The process for moving spent fuel from unit 3 differs from the process used
at unit 2, and required approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
That approval was received by Entergy in July.
The building that houses the spent fuel pool at unit 3 is not able to
accommodate the large crane needed to lift the dry cask storage containers.
Therefore a smaller, lighter canister was designed for use by the smaller unit 3
Workers will place twelve spent fuel assemblies in a canister filled with
water and transport it on a roadway from unit 3 to unit 2. The fuel assemblies
then will be taken out of the canister and placed into the unit 2 spent fuel
pool. After eight canisters loaded with spent fuel have been unloaded into the
unit 2 pool, ninety-six spent fuel assemblies will then be removed from the
pool, loaded into three large dry cask storage containers, and transported to
the outdoor pad. An additional eight canisters of spent fuel will be moved from
the unit 3 pool to unit 2's pool to complete the transfer process prior to next
year's refueling outage at unit 3.
There currently are five dry cask storage containers loaded with fuel from
unit 1 and 14 dry cask storage containers loaded with fuel from unit 2 on the
outdoor storage pad.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear
power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000 megawatts of
electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and
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.
Indian Point Energy Center's online address is