Xcel Energy delays comment on Monticello nuclear plant outage cost estimate

The process of bringing the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant fully online after a four-month outage and major equipment upgrade continued this week. The recent upgrade is expected to extend the plant’s life and boost output by 12 percent.
“We’re not going to address cost until the outage is completely over,” said Tom Hoen, Xcel Energy media relations representative. “We’re still finalizing that.”
Mark Schimmel, Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant site president, previously said scope of work encountered during the plant’s 26th scheduled refueling outage and power capacity expansion project rivaled any activity that’s occurred on-site since the Monticello plant’s original startup during the early 1970s.

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