DTE Energy Restarts Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant After Outage

DTE Energy has restarted its Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant following a refueling and maintenance outage that began March 26.

"The Fermi 2 team completed an enormous amount of work during the outage, while always keeping safety as the top priority," said Jack Davis, senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer. "This maintenance work will help us to continue sending clean, safe energy to our customers in southeast Michigan."

More than 1,400 supplemental workers were at Fermi 2 during the outage to help complete 15,000 separate activities. Besides replacing about a third of the fuel in the reactor, workers performed inspections, equipment maintenance activities, cable and piping upgrades, as well as replacing equipment on the transmission switchyard to improve grid reliability.

Currently operating at about 25 percent power, the 1,140-megawatt plant will gradually increase to full power over the next several days.