Unit 1 of the Catawba nuclear plant in South Carolina remains offline for a refueling outage, a Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) spokesperson confirmed Dec. 5.
Catawba 1 has been offline since Nov. 24 for a regularly-scheduled outage for refueling and routine maintenance, the spokesperson said. Nuclear operators typically don’t publicly reveal how long they expect outages to last.
The spokesperson did say this outage included no major capital infrastructure projects.
The two-unit Catawba nuclear complex is located on Lake Wylie in York County, S.C. The two pressurized water reactors came online in the mid-1980s and together have a generating capacity that exceeds 2,200 MW, according to a Duke website.
Catawba is jointly owned by Duke along with North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number One, North Carolina Electric Membership Corp., and Piedmont Municipal Power Agency.
Lake Wylie, created in 1904, is the oldest lake on the Catawba River, and provides cooling water for both the Catawba nuclear plant and the Allen coal plant in neighboring North Carolina.