05000263/LER-2017-004

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LER-2017-004, High Pressure Coolant Injection Steam Stop Valve Failed to Open During Test
Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant
Event date: 06-19-2017
Report date: 08-16-2017
Reporting criterion: 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(D), Loss of Safety Function - Mitigate the Consequences of an Accident
Initial Reporting
ENS 52814 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), Loss of Safety Function - Mitigate the Consequences of an Accident
2632017004R00 - NRC Website
LER 17-004-00 for Monticello Regarding High Pressure Coolant Injection Steam Stop Valve Failed to Open During Test
ML17229B304
Person / Time
Site: Monticello Xcel Energy icon.png
Issue date: 08/16/2017
From: Gardner P A
Northern States Power Company, Minnesota, Xcel Energy Inc
To:
Document Control Desk, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
References
L-MT-17-061
Download: ML17229B304 (4)


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EVENT DESCRIPTION

Plant Conditions: Mode 1, 100% Power On June 19, 2017, following planned High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system [BJ] maintenance, a HPCI start attempt was performed per the quarterly test procedure. HPCI failed to start during the test due to the steam stop valve [SHV] HO-7 not opening caused by the HO-7 oil relay (manufacture Schutie and Koerting (S&K) Part Number 69-XC-103) not functioning properly.

Since the component was not the subject of the maintenance activity, the HPCI failure was reported to the NRC under Emergency Notification System, Event Number 52814.

HO-7, when closed, blocks reactor steam from reaching the HPCI turbine and thus when HO-7 is closed, HPCI cannot run. Valve HO-7 was last validated to open properly on June 15, 2017 while performing the Operations Weekly Control Room Checklist on the night shift. The HO-7 oil relay was repaired and the HPCI system returned to operable status at 13:30 on June 23, 2017.

EVENT ANALYSIS

The event was determined to be reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73 (a)(2)(V)(D), "event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function." This event is classified as a safety system functional failure.

SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE

There were minimal safety consequences associated with the condition. The condition existed for approximately 8 days (June 15-June 23), which was less than the Technical Specification limiting condition for operation of 14 days, and the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling system and Automatic Depressurization system were operable the entire period that HPCI was inoperable.

CAUSE

As found visual inspections revealed that the HO-7 oil relay housing internal bore where the piston rings ride was not smooth. The non-smooth internal bore contributed to piston ring oil leakage.

There are two piston rings and both were found to be pitted. One piston ring was pitted significantly and one piston ring was minimally pitted. The piston ring that was more pitted also had ring edge wear and was replaced. The second piston ring was determined to provide an acceptable fit and was not replaced.

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The oil relay piston body and housing were cleaned and a single (one of two) piston ring, spring and gasket from the relay were replaced with new parts on June 21, 2017.

The direct cause of the HPCI failed start was the steam stop valve HO-7 not opening due to HO-7 oil relay not shuttling. The oil relay did not shuttle because of leakage past a piston ring resulting in reduced relay stroking force. The piston ring pitting and non-smooth relay internal bore surfaces are due to age related wear that occurred over the life of the HPCI turbine. Thus the direct causes are due to the piston ring not uniformly sealing resulting in reduced force and the wear particles/tight clearances causing the relay valve to not shuttle.

The apparent cause of the pitted piston rings and a non-smooth bore in the HO-7 oil relay is due to the lack of sufficient detail in the preventive maintenance procedure. HO-7 oil relay maintenance was performed in 2013. It was determined that the preventative maintenance procedure performed in 2013 lacked sufficient detail to ensure that adequate preventative maintenance was performed on the oil relay.

A contributing cause was a lack of trending information on HO-7 performance. Monitoring the opening times of the HO-7 valve may have provided some insight into the performance of the HO-7 oil relay.

CORRECTIVE ACTION

The immediate corrective action was to clean the oil relay piston body and housing, and a single (one of two) piston ring, spring and gasket from the relay were replaced with new parts on June 21, 2017.

Long term corrective actions include the following:

  • Provide additional steps in the HPCI preventive maintenance procedure to perform more direct inspection and maintenance of the HO-7 valve and associated oil relay components.
  • Perform trending of HO-7 valve opening times to provide insight into the performance of the HO-7 oil relay.

PREVIOUS SIMILAR EVENTS

There were no previous similar licensee event reports in the past three years.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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