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One of two reactors at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland shut down suddenly Wednesday night after an as-yet-unexplained malfunction, a Constellation spokesman said. Unit 2 went offline at 9:47 p.m. after a shutdown of the turbine that generates electricity from the nuclear reactor, according to Kory Raftery, spokesman for the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.
(Source: RSOE Index Report)
"We're looking at every possible option right now and at this point in time wouldn't want to speculate," he said. He wouldn't predict when the reactor would resume operations, saying plant operators first needed to identify the cause of the shutdown, fix it and test to be sure.
(Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
Location: Lusby, MD (40 miles S of Annapolis, MD) Region I
Operator: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Inc.
Operating License: Issued - 07/31/1974
Renewed License: Issued - 03/23/2000
License Expires: 07/31/2034
Docket Number: 05000317
Reactor Type: Pressurized Water Reactor
Licensed MWt: 2,737
Reactor Vendor/Type: Combustion Engineering
Containment Type: Dry, Ambient Pressure
Unit 2 went offline at 9:47 p.m. after a shutdown of the turbine that generates electricity from the nuclear reactor, according to Kory Raftery, spokesman for the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. Some valves feeding steam to the turbine closed unexpectedly, triggering its shutdown, Raftery explained, and that led to the reactor itself shutting down to prevent a buildup of steam pressure in its cooling system.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by MadDogtheHunter
Technically they did tell the truth. There really was a transmission line issue, seeing as how there was no power coming down the transmission line.