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Control room operators shut down Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant Monday to begin a planned refueling outage after a two-year run.

Unit 2 was online 99.6 percent of the time since returning to service from its prior refueling outage in March 2014.

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It also set a record for continuous days of operation, at 626, and a record for the amount of electricity generated, at 17.8 million megawatt hours, said officials of plant operator, Entergy.

“Both Indian Point units continue to operate safely and reliably, and people can be confident we are working to address any challenges to maintain an outstanding record of safety,” said Larry Coyle, site vice president and Entergy’s top official at Indian Point.

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Entergy said they are investing more than $60 million at Buchanan, NY-based Indian Point Unit 2, in addition to tens of millions of dollars in new fuel, to complete the refueling and other important projects at Unit 2. About 1,000 additional skilled contract workers will supplement the regular 1,000 Energy employees at Indian Point, providing an additional economic boost to the surrounding communities. The contractors represent dozens of vendors, many from outside the area.

In addition to the hundreds of inspections planned over the next few weeks, Indian Point will complete its commitment to install post-Fukushima safety enhancements, adding an unprecedented layer of protection to the plant. Equipment additions include portable electrical generators, pumps, cables and other equipment to protect against an event greater than has ever observed at any U.S. nuclear power plant.

Indian Point’s other operating unit, Unit 3, continues in service at full power and has been online for 90 continuous days.

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

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