Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 3 Shut Down
The unit was tripped on March 5th due to low departure from nucleate boiling ratio. The company reported that all systems operated correctly during the shut down with no release of radiation and no harm to plant or workers.
This means that Palo Verde is operating only one unit at full capacity, unit 2, and unit one is operating at 25% capacity since exiting its refuelling cycle. A vibration was detected in one of the pipes in the backup safety system. Unit 2 is operating at full capacity.