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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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Amundi, Deutsche, ING and SSgA selected for ECB’s ABS spree

first_imgThe European Central Bank (ECB) has appointed four asset managers to execute its asset-backed securities (ABS) purchase programme – Amundi and Amundi Intermédiation, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management International, ING Investment Management and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). The ECB said the appointments followed a competitive negotiated tender procedure. The asset managers will conduct the ABS buying transactions on instructions from, and on behalf of, the Eurosystem, the bank said.Buying decisions will remain the sole responsibility of the Eurosystem, and it will check prices and perform due diligence before approving the deals, the bank said. The buying activity is expected to start during November, after the legal act has been published.The ECB said contracts with the executing asset managers included provisions to mitigate conflicts of interest, such as the separation of teams working for the ECB and those engaged in other activities.Stan Beckers, chief executive at ING Investment Management – soon to become NN Investment Partners – said: “This mandate (…) allows us to put all our knowledge, resources and experience to support the proactive development of European monetary policy.”He said the company was proud to have been selected for the task.last_img read more

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Now,Italian fans have taken to racially abusing white players as well!

first_imgAdvertisement 4hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs69Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8k47bn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pg2hWould you ever consider trying this?😱b2Can your students do this? 🌚kwzhRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the match between Juventus and Brescia, a group of fans racially abused Miralem Pjanic. The group of fans called Pjanic as ‘gypsy of m….’ on Tuesday during the match. The racist comments about the players are not new in Italian football these days. However, very few times white players have been racially abused and this has been one of those rare incidents.Advertisement Juventus won the match against Brescia and Miralem Pjanic scored the winning goal for the Italian side. It was his way of responding to the racist comments made by the group of fans. The racism is continuing to increase in Italian football. Few days back Romelu Lukaku was abused badly in the field.Advertisement According to the President of FIFA Infantino, racism is unacceptable. Juventus are currently at the 2nd position in the League table in Serie A with 13 points in 5 matches so far. Inter Milan are at the top of the table with 5 wins in 5 matches so far. The competition in Serie A is increasing and that is a good sign for football. However, the way racism is also increasing in Italian football, the time has come to take some strong actions against the set of fans making those comments.Manchester City fan charged with racially abusing his own team’s star playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more