COOK PLANT BEGINS FIRST OF TWO REFUELING OUTAGES FOR 2022, DRIVING HUNDREDS OF TEMPORARY JOBS
Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 will begin its thirtieth refueling outage Saturday, April 2, at 3:00 a.m. Power on Unit 1 was reduced on Wednesday, March 30, to allow for equipment testing before the outage begins.
The unit will have operated for 12,572 hours during its last cycle at a capacity factor of 104 percent, generating 13,757,462 megawatt-hours of electricity.
Cook Unit 2 remains at 100 percent. Power to customers is not expected to be disrupted by the planned Unit 1 outage.
Cook Plant Spokesman Bill Downey explained the key elements of the activity during the shutdown:
The periodic refueling is a huge operation, with major economic impact in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Downey said that over 1200 contracted workers will supplement the regular 1,000-person plant staff leading up to and during the outage….