Lycoming, N.Y. – Control room operators removed Entergy’s James A.
FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant from service at 5:03 p.m. today to begin its
21st refueling and maintenance outage.
During the outage, workers will replace 184 fuel assemblies in the reactor and
perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant
equipment. Other major work includes a complete retube of the plant’s main
condenser. The plant’s existing condenser tubes constructed of admiralty brass
will be replaced with titanium tubes designed to be resistant to silt and other
abrasive sediments found in Lake Ontario.
The new condenser tube material was selected for its long-life expectancy and
resistance to environmental erosion and corrosion conditions. The life span for
the retubed condenser is projected to exceed the station’s extended period of
operation. In 2008 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved FitzPatrick’s
renewed operating license allowing the station to operate an additional 20 years
beyond the original license, to 2034.
“Significant capital investments are scheduled during this refueling outage
that will contribute to FitzPatrick’s continued safe and reliable operations,”
said Larry Coyle, site vice president and top Entergy official at FitzPatrick.
“The FitzPatrick team has worked hard since our last refueling outage and the
employees take pride in our commitment to safety first and foremost at all
The upcoming work during the refueling and maintenance outage will be
performed by FitzPatrick’s 623 full-time employees, supplemented by Entergy
employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including
pipefitters, boilermakers, electricians, laborers, valve technicians, engineers
and radiation protection technicians.
The influx of more than 1,500 outside workers and their associated local
spending provide a major economic boost to the community.
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 14,000 employees.
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