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Tim Alms/Republican Eagle The generators were made in France and traveled by ocean vessel to New Orleans, where they were loaded onto a river barge. They began their northbound journey in February. The new machines will replace nearly 40-year-old generators in Prairie Island nuclear plant Unit 2. -- R-E photos by Tim Alms

Picking up steam: Nuclear plant's two new steam generators sail through Red Wing

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More than 660 tons of machinery floated through Red Wing Friday morning.

A barge carrying two new steam generators -- both destined for Prairie Island nuclear plant's Unit 2 -- passed under the Eisenhower Bridge and in front of Levee and Bay Point parks at about 7:30.


The generators are an integral part of the nuclear plant's pressurized water reactor, Xcel Energy Director of Nuclear Regulatory Policy Terry Pickens said.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.