PA Nuke Shuts for Refueling

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Operators at Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant disconnected the Unit 1 reactor from the electrical grid late Friday to begin a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

While the reactor is shut down, Susquehanna’s workers will replace more than a third of the unit’s fuel.

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“We have developed the right plan to upgrade essential equipment, inspect our main generator and perform thousands of necessary maintenance activities…,” said Jon Franke, site vice president.

In order to complete the work in Susquehanna’s outage plan, Susquehanna hired over 1,500 supplemental employees.

Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear schedules refueling and maintenance outages at this time of year, when seasonal temperatures typically drive lower regional power demand and lower electricity prices.

Each of the two units at the Susquehanna plant goes out of service for refueling and maintenance every 24 months.

Unit 2 continues to operate at full power.

Susquehanna Nuclear LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. jointly own the Susquehanna plant, located about seven miles north of Berwick, PA. Susquehanna Nuclear operates the plant. Susquehanna Nuclear LLC is one of Talen Energy Corporation’s generating affiliates.

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