Outage extended for Hanford nuclear plant



RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The outage at the Hanford nuclear power plant could extend into August.

The Columbia Generating Station was supposed to restart by the end of this month after an 80-day outage — the longest in its 26-year history — for refueling and to replace the condenser, which turns steam back into water for the plant.

The Tri-City Herald reports the contractor on the $33 million condenser project, Babcock and Wilcox Co., is behind schedule. Spokesman Jud Simmons says workers encountered unanticipated challenges.

Energy Northwest executives went into a closed session at Wednesday’s meeting to discuss possible litigation.

The outage began April 6. The 1,150-megawatt plant provides about 3 percent of the region’s power, roughly enough electricity for 1 million homes.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com