Entergy Vermont Yankee refueling and maintenance outage begins

first_imgFeb 24, 2010 … His case against the relicensing was several fold, including: The new power purchase proposal from Vermont Yankee owner Entergy would … Aug 27, 2002 … Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy by Robert Smith The deal had more than its share of up and down moments, but the sale of the Vermont … Apr 18, 2011 … The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear … Jul 25, 2011 … Today Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) communicated to its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication … Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Northstar Vermont Yankee,Control room operators began removing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station from service Saturday night (October 8) to begin its 29th refueling and maintenance outage. The shutdown of the Vernon plant will mark the completion of the plant’s 29th operating cycle. The plant began commercial operation in 1972. According to published reports, the fuel will cost $65 million and the work will cost another $35 million for a total cost of about $100 million. The refueling will allow the plant to operate another 18 months, or well beyond its scheduled decommissioning in March 2012. Entergy has sued the state of Vermont to allow it to remain open for another 20 years. The state maintains that the Vermont Legislature must approve the license extension. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to reject the extension, but the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already granted the 20-year extention. The Vermont Public Service Board would also need to issue Entergy a Certificte of Public Good for it to remain in operation. Energy states in the federal court case in Brattleboro that the state cannot legally pre-empt the process.The court case concluded in September and US District Judge J Garvan Murtha is now mulling post-trial briefs. It is widely expected that the loser in US District Court will appeal the decision. At the very least, Entergy appears to be banking on the court case, in any result, pushing well beyond March 2012 so it will get the full value from the refueling.A Vermont Yankee statement on the refueling said the plant has again demonstrated its value as a safe and reliable electricity supplier to New England consumers. During this operating cycle, which began in May 2010, the plant has produced more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage will be performed by Entergy Vermont Yankee’s staff supplemented by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including valve technicians, radiation protection technicians, engineers, inspectors, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, painters, equipment operators, insulators, carpenters, laborers and divers.Workers will replace 116 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.The influx of more than 850 outside maintenance workers and their associated local spending provide a major economic boost to the region.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy’s second quarter revenues were $2,803.3 million, compared to $2,862.9 for the same periond in 2010. Earnings for the two periods were $1.76 perdiluted share in Q2 2011 and $1.65 per diluted share in 2010.Entergy also announced last week that Kevin Bronson has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the James A FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.RELATED: Entergy to refuel Vermont Yankee as lawsuit proceeds | Vermont … Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy | Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

Newborns among 16 dead in Kabul hospital attack, 24 killed in funeral bombing

first_img“In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies,” he said.Meanwhile National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said on Twitter: “there seems little point in continuing to engage Taliban in peace talks”.In Washington, the Pentagon declined to comment on Ghani’s stated intent to restart offensive operations, saying only that the US military continued to reserve the right to defend Afghan security forces if they are attacked by the Taliban.”This is going to be a windy, bumpy road, but a political agreement is the best way to end the war,” said Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell, echoing remarks of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper.Mothers, children, nurses The Kabul attack began in the morning when at least three gunmen wearing police uniforms entered the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital, throwing grenades and shooting, government officials said. Security forces had killed the attackers by the afternoon.”The attackers were shooting at anyone in this hospital without any reason. It’s a government hospital, and a lot of people bring in their women and children for treatment,” said Ramazan Ali, a nearby vendor who saw the start of the attack.The 100-bed government-run hospital hosted a maternity clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).MSF confirmed in a tweet that the hospital had been attacked. Just hours before it had tweeted a photo of a newborn at the clinic in his mother’s arms after being delivered safely by emergency caesarean section.Interior and health ministry officials said that mothers, nurses and children were among the dead and wounded.Soldiers ferried infants out of the compound, some wrapped in blood-stained blankets, and officials said 100 people were rescued, including three foreigners.The neighborhood is home to many members of Afghanistan’s Hazara community, a mostly Shia Muslim minority that has been attacked by Sunni militants from Islamic State in the past, including at a Kabul ceremony commemorating the death of one of its leaders in March.Rights group Amnesty International condemned both attacks.”The unconscionable war crimes in Afghanistan today, targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral, must awaken the world to the horrors civilians continue to face,” the group tweeted. “There must be accountability for these grave crimes.”Countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and Pakistan released statements condemning the violence.Last week, security forces killed and arrested several members of an Islamic State cell that authorities said was responsible for several attacks in Kabul including one on a Sikh temple in March. A roadside blast in the capital on Monday, which wounded four civilians, was claimed by the group.Afghanistan is also facing violence around the country from the Taliban, even as the United States tries to usher in peace talks after signing a troop withdrawal agreement in February with the militants. The Taliban say they are holding back from attacking urban centers and their operations are aimed at government security forces. The Islamic State militant group operates in Nangahar and has carried out a number of high-profile attacks in Kabul in recent months. On Monday security forces arrested its regional leader in the capital.The violence, as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, risks derailing momentum towards US-brokered peace talks between the Taliban and an Afghan government long skeptical of the insurgents’ renunciation of attacks.Photos from the Ministry of Interior showed two young children lying dead inside the hospital. An image showed a woman who had been killed lying on the ground still holding tightly to her baby, who a nurse in the unit confirmed to Reuters had survived and had been moved to an intensive care unit at another hospital.President Ashraf Ghani in a televised address condemned the attacks and said he had ordered the military to switch to ‘offensive’ mode rather than the defensive stance it had adopted as the United States withdraws troops and tries to broker the talks. Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.In a separate attack the same day, a suicide bomber struck the funeral of a police commander, attended by government officials and a member of parliament, in the eastern province of Nangahar, killing at least 24 people and injuring 68. Authorities said that toll could rise.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack. The Taliban, Afghanistan’s main Islamist insurgency group which says it has halted attacks on cities under a US troop withdrawal deal, denied involvement in both.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Carver hails Newcastle victory as ‘complete away performance’

first_imgNewcastle United manager John Carver labelled his side’s 3-0 win at Hull City as the ‘complete away performance’ as he earned his first victory since taking permanent charge of the Magpies.Remy Cabella opened the scoring for the visitors while Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran added second half strikes to lift Carver’s side, at least temporarily, back into the top half of the table.Carver, who was officially handed the managerial reins earlier this week, reiterated that his players were not going to let their impressive start to the season count for nothing in the final half of the campaign.He said: “We’re not going to let this season fizzle out. It’s a good start and we’ll see if we can get a run going in the next few games.“The pressure was on us a little bit, but I dealt with the pressure and took it off the players. I asked them to perform and they did.”Cabella’s goal, a brilliant solo finish after finding space 30 yards out, was the winger’s first strike in a Newcastle shirt and Carver admitted he demanded more from the player prior to kick off.“I reminded him he has ability but that he needs to start producing it. He does it all the time in training so it’s nice to see him actually do it in a game,” he added .Carver was informed after the game that injured defender Paul Dummett was seen in the away end during the game, prompting the Magpies boss to joke about reprimanding the left back.“He’ll be getting a fine for that because he should at the training ground getting treatment,” joked the Toon head coach.last_img read more