Oyster Creek Back Online

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 05:07 PM gHale

Oyster Creek Generating Station returned to full power following at outage that began Monday when an electrical disruption throughout the region caused the reactor to automatically shut down, officials said.

Electrical service to 22,000 Ocean County residents and Oyster Creek Generating Station ended up temporarily disrupted last Monday, causing the plant to take its reactor offline.

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An unusual event, which is the lowest of four Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) emergency classifications, was in effect for two hours and terminated after Jersey Central Power & Light crews corrected the issue.

The loss of power appears to have resulted from an electrical fault with the 230-kilovolt line that provides power to the plant, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan previously said.

While the reactor was offline, two diesel-powered generators supplied electrical power to key plant components, officials said.

During the outage, plan personnel were able to perform minor maintenance that can only occur when the reactor is off line.

The plant returned to service this past Saturday.

Exelon Corp. owns and operates the Oyster Creek Generating Station. Exelon is one of the largest electric utilities distributing electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers and natural gas to approximately 486,000 customers. The generating station is the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the country.

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