The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant is offline today following an electrical problem last night. Around 9:20 p.m., Pilgrim automatically shut down due to the loss of one of the two lines that provide offsite power to the plant. The plant’s emergency diesel generators immediately started and are safely powering the plant. Last week, NSTAR removed the second line from service for planned maintenance.
A spokesman for Pilgrim says the problem has no impact on the health and safety of the public or employees.
She also stated that while Pilgrim is shut down, maintenance, that cannot be done while the plant is operating, will be performed. The plant is expected to come back online following NSTAR’s restoration of offsite power and the completion of the maintenance activities. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been notified of the situation.