Pump Failure Shuts NJ Nuke

Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 03:06 PM gHale

Following the failure of one of the Hope Creek nuclear station’s three circulating water pumps, workers manually shut down the reactor, a spokesman for the plant’s operator said.

Hope Creek control room operators manually shutdown the reactor at 1:31 p.m. Wednesday following the failure of the water pump, said PSEG Nuclear Spokesman Joe Delmar.

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Operators stabilized the unit located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, NJ, and the plant functioned as designed, he added.

Repair plans are in progress, Delmar said, adding it is unknown when Hope Creek will return to service.

Operated by PSEG Nuclear, Hope Creek is a boiling water reactor design with a net megawatt output of 1219 megawatts. It provides electricity for a million homes each day.

Together with the neighboring twin unit Salem station, the three units are the second largest commercial nuclear power generating facility in the United States.

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