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Vermont Yankee expected back on line soon

first_imgAs of today, Vermont Yankee reports that the refueling and maintenance outage is in Day 24 and work activities continue to noticeably wind down. Work at the cooling towers involving the third (and final) phase of the cooling tower upgrades continue, and the safety-related section of the west tower is complete. Also complete is the replacement of service water piping to “A” Emergency Diesel Generator and the routine cleaning of the intake bays.VY completed leak testing of tubes in the main condenser through the use of specialized “dimple” plugs, designed to identify even the smallest of leaks.  The source of power for the outage was transferred to the main transformer.  This allowed the next phase of work on the new Vernon Substation to commence.Preparations for start up continue on the refuel floor. The reactor pressure vessel has been reassembled and is being pressure tested today. In conjunction with this test, control rods will be tested. Tomorrow, the Integrated Leak Rate Test of the primary containment will be started. The test involves pressurizing the primary containment and then measuring the leakage rate or pressure drop over a several hour period.The test of the Emergency Core Cooling System was successfully conducted on Sunday, and all of the Emergency Core Cooling Systems responded as expected, but an unanticipated action occurred during the test. The initiating conditions for the test set the water level higher than normal in the reactor vessel. When the test began and steam valves automatically realigned, some of the excess water (above the steam lines) drained through a steam line to the torus which contains a back up supply of cooling water and is located in the reactor building. According to VY, there were no safety consequences and the incident was not immediately reportable. Still, plant management has taken steps to ensure this is not repeated in future tests. VY has also shared the issue with other nuclear plants. The steam lines will be drained and verified free of moisture.Work on the soil remediation from the tritium leak continued through the outage and is on schedule to be completed in the coming weeks. The rerouting of steam trap piping from the Advanced Off Gas system is complete and the reachable areas of the AOG pipe tunnel have been cleaned.The final stage of the outage will be switching and valve alignment of plant systems from their maintenance mode to their normal operations mode, and conducting final tests in preparation for start up. Once the plant is phased back on the grid, it will take several days to achieve full power. The outage is not considered over until the plant reaches 100 percent power. The staff will continue to test and monitor plant systems during the power ascension.Source: Vermont Yankee. May 18, 2010last_img read more

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Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104

first_img“We still have time; that’s the great thing,” Ball added. “We kind of control our own destiny right now.”Collin Sexton tied a career high with 31 points for Cleveland, which came in having won three of four under newly promoted head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Kevin Porter Jr. scored 16 and Darrius Garland 15 for the Cavs, who led just twice by two or fewer points in the first two minutes before falling behind for good.“They have so many scorers out there, so many players that can create and so many players that are really good. It was tough just keeping them out of the paint,” Sexton said. “They move the ball so well and we were scrambling and running around.” The Pelicans were up 93-70 after Ingram’s 3 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Sexton made three 3s during a 13-2 run that cut New Orleans’ lead to 12 by the end of the period.Williamson, Ingram and Holiday checked back in to start the fourth, and the Pelicans promptly went on a 10-2 run — ignited by 3s by E’Twaun Moore and Holiday — to push their lead back to 20. February 28, 2020 Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Saturday night, hoping to avoid their first two-game skid since Bickerstaff took over following John Beilein’s resignation on Feb. 19.Pelicans: Host the Lakers on Sunday night, just six days after LeBron James scored 40 in a 118-109 victory over New Orleans in Los Angeles.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “It was crazy, like right before the game, I looked at Lonzo and said, ‘Lonzo, I’m running, so if you throw it, I’m going to catch it,’” Williamson recalled. “He took that literally, so he just started bombing them.”Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who held a double-digit lead for most of the game en route to their third victory in four games as they pursue the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.With 23 games left, New Orleans stood two games behind eighth-place Memphis, which lost 104-101 to Sacramento on Friday. That’s a far cry from when a franchise-record 13-game skid dropped the Pelicans to 6-22 as they endured prolonged absences by Favors and Williamson.“Things are only going to get better going from here,” said Ball, who finished with a game-high 12 assists. “We just got our team back, so hopefully we can make this playoff push. Aided by Ball’s first five assists, the Pelicans raced to a 21-point, first-quarter lead when Josh Hart’s transition 3 made it 43-22.The lead reached 22 in the second quarter when Ingram’s finger roll made it 64-42.“This team is explosive,” Bickerstaff said of the Pelicans. “They got ball-skill players. They got athletes. They’ve got a really talented team and I think they’re going to put a lot of pressure on people down the stretch.”Cleveland could have fallen farther behind if not for Sexton, whose 19 first-half points on an array of driving layups and jumpers helped trim the Cavaliers’ deficit to 13 before Ingram’s dunk gave New Orleans a 70-55 lead going into halftime.UP NEXT Associated Press “It’s fun to see everybody’s hard work paying off,” Ingram said. “For us to share the ball and get our assist numbers up and find the rhythm of our offense, we’re moving in the right direction.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored 13 points and Kevin Love scored 10. … Attempted 31 3-pointers, missing 20. … Shot 45.3% (43 of 95). … Scored 56 points in the paint. Pelicans: Moore and Nicolo Melli each scored 10 points. … Williamson eclipsed 20 points for the 12th time in just 15 career NBA games. … New Orleans outrebounded Cleveland 49-34. … Shot 54.5% (48 of 88), including 9 of 23 from 3-point range. … Combined for 36 assists. … Scored 72 points in the paint. … Jaxson Hayes revved up the crowd with a pair of thunderous dunks, one on an alley-oop and the other a reverse on a fast-break feed from Ingram.STARTING FAST Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lonzo Ball launched a long two-handed chest pass from one foul line to the other, where Zion Williamson caught it in stride above his head, took a step and dunked with two hands.That play, less than three minutes into Friday night’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, seemed to symbolize the Pelicans’ playoff push being kicked into high gear. Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Williamson added 24, and New Orleans defeated Cleveland 116-104 on Friday night.last_img read more