At 10:32 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 21, operators at TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 1 received indications of a potential issue with the unit’s condenser, which converts steam back to water after it has passed through the power generating turbines. As a conservative action, they manually took the reactor off-line.
Both the operators and the plant equipment responded as expected. The reactor is currently in a safe configuration as the Watts Bar team identifies and resolves the cause of the condenser issue.
Kevin Walsh, Site Vice President, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
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