PA Nuke Resumes Service

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 07:05 PM gHale


Unit 1 at Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear plant in Luzerne County, PA, resumed generating electricity for the power grid last week after completing its scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

Susquehanna’s workers replaced more than one third of the unit’s uranium fuel, and performed maintenance and ongoing upgrades.

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The Susquehanna plant’s two generating units have planned refueling and maintenance outages every 24 months. Unit 2 has been in continuous operation for 345 days since it returned to service following a similar refueling outage last spring.

“We replaced essential equipment and performed necessary maintenance, while maintaining our primary focus on keeping each other and our community safe” said Jon Franke, site vice president. “With more than 1,500 supplemental contractors on-site, Susquehanna achieved its pre-outage goal of zero recordable injuries,” said Franke.

The Susquehanna plant, located about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by Susquehanna Nuclear LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and operated by Susquehanna Nuclear.

Susquehanna Nuclear LLC is one of Talen Energy Corporation’s generating affiliates.