Susquehanna Unit 2 shut for refueling, repairs

Operators safely shut down the Unit 2 reactor at PPL Corp.‘s (NYSE: PPL) Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania early on April 13 to begin a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

While the reactor is shut down, workers will replace about 40% of the uranium fuel and complete a number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades. Workers also will inspect the unit’s turbines and replace several pieces of the unit’s turbine assembly.

“The modifications will address the turbine blade issues that have affected both Susquehanna units,” said Timothy Rausch, PPL Susquehanna senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer, in an April 13 statement. “After the refueling outage, we will continue to closely monitor the turbines throughout the next two years to confirm the modified equipment is performing as expected.”

Unit 1 at the plant continues to operate at full power. Operators expect to shut down that unit later this spring to make the same modifications to its turbine assembly as on Unit 2.

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

Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corp. controls more than 11,000 MW of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

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