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E-M:/ PRESS RELEASE Return Timeline for AEP's Cook Nuclear Unit 1 Defined by Repair, Replacement Scenario



Looks like a long, expensive outage. Imagine if this money was put into efficiency, or renewable energy, such as wind and solar. - Kay C.
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PRESS RELEASE
Return Timeline for AEP's Cook Nuclear Unit 1 Defined by Repair, Replacement Scenario

Last update: 4:01 p.m. EST Dec. 1, 2008

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Return-Timeline-AEPs-Cook-Nuclear/story.aspx?guid=%7B525EBE26-2BEF-4AB2-8CF7-B6220A7A483A%7D

http://www.aep.com
 
 Snip: "BRIDGMAN, Mich., Dec 01, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- American Electric Power continues work to repair Cook Nuclear Plant's damaged Unit 1 turbine generator. A repair option may allow operation at reduced power, but the rotors will ultimately be replaced to ensure the long-term viability of the unit. The expected return-to-service timeline ranges from the second half of 2009, if repair is successful, to 2010 if the rotors must be replaced before operation."

Snip: "Repair and replacement of the turbine rotors is estimated to cost up to $332 million. The unit has been out of service since Sept. 20 after severe turbine vibrations, caused by broken low-pressure turbine blades, damaged the main turbine and generator. In 2006, three new low-pressure turbines, manufactured by Siemens, were installed in Cook Unit 1. Blades broke on two of these three turbines. The high-pressure turbine and main generator are original plant equipment manufactured by General Electric."

Snip: "The best-case scenario, with successful repairs and expedited parts deliveries, estimates a return to service in September 2009."