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Major unit shutdown at Prairie Island nuclear plant

RED WING - A major unit is temporarily shut down at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant.

Xcel Energy says Unit-Two is being re-fueled, and two new steam generators are being installed. The utility says the new equipment will ensure the continued safe-and-reliable generation of electricity.

During the shutdown, Xcel Energy plans to cover the lost production by buying power from other suppliers, or stepping up the output at its other plants. Re-fueling outages at Prairie Island normally take 4-to-8 weeks. With the new equipment being installed, X-cel says this one will take a few weeks more.