BUCHANAN – Entergy’s Indian Point unit 3 nuclear power plant was shut down Monday morning to begin a refueling outage at a cost of $50 million. It is expected to take about one month to make the necessary upgrades.
The plant has been operating successfully for the last two years.
A total of 1,000 additional works have been brought in to perform the refueling in addition to the company’s 1,000 workers at a cost of $30 million in salaries.
The investment into project translated into additional economic activity for the surrounding communities from dozens of vendors and hundreds of additional contract workers, many from outside the area.
Unit 3 was online more than 99 percent of the time since it returned to service from its previous refueling outage in April 2013.
Indian Point’s two nuclear plants generate some 2,000 megawatts of electricity for Westchester County and New York City.