New Orleans, La. – Entergy New Orleans’ Michoud power plant, located in New
Orleans on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet waterway, is back in operation
after completing repairs from flood and wind damage due to Hurricane Katrina.
Michoud was shut down before Katrina made landfall in anticipation of storm
surges and flooding in the New Orleans area. Since that time, clean-up and
repairs have been underway: the facility suffered more than $17 million in
damage from flooding (up to six feet) and wind (sustained winds of 88 miles per
Prior to the hurricane damage, the gas-fired plant had three units producing a
total of 918 megawatts. With increasing load demands and summer approaching, two
of these units will restart by summer to support electrical needs.
Michoud Unit 2 returned to service Wednesday, and Unit 3, the largest of the
three units, is scheduled for restart by the end of June. Both units will
operate as needed, based on load demands. Unit 1, the smallest of the three
Michoud units, will not be ready for restart this summer.
Entergy New Orleans’ other power plant, Paterson, will not be ready for
restart this summer. Paterson is typically operated only to meet peak summer
load demands, which is not anticipated in Summer 2006 due to the reduced
customer base post-Katrina.
Katrina made its second landfall around 6 a.m. Aug. 29 near Buras, La., with
sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. It became the most destructive event in
Entergy history, knocking out power to over a million customers and decimating
the coastal regions of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Entergy New Orleans provides electricity to more than 190,000 customers and
natural gas to more than 147,000 customers in Orleans Parish and is a subsidiary
of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company with annual
revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 14,000 employees that owns,
manages or invests in power plants generating more than 30,000 megawatts of
electricity. Entergy is the second largest U.S. nuclear generator, and delivers
electricity to about 2.7 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Texas.
On Sept. 23, Entergy New Orleans filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Katrina. The company has bankruptcy
court approval to receive up to $200 million debtor-in-possession loans from
Entergy Corporation to continue operations. To date, $100 million has been lent
to ENO using the debtor-in-possession facility.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com.