Turkey Point 3 continues to run at reduced power

Unit 3 of the Turkey Point nuclear station in Florida continues to run at reduced power due to some planned maintenance work, a NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) spokesperson said July 3.

The official did specify the nature of the maintenance and would not disclose when the company expects the plant to return to full power. Turkey Point is part of NextEra utility subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL).

In the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) daily reactor status report for July 3, Turkey Point was listed at 64% generation. In recent days the daily NRC report has listed the unit at 55% generation. The facility was last listed at 100% generation on June 23.

Meanwhile, Turkey Point 4 is listed at 100% generation. GenerationHub data lists Turkey Point 3 with an operating capacity of roughly 800 MW while Turkey Point 4 is listed with an operating capacity of roughly 700 MW.

Both Turkey Point units are 1970s ear pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

In May the Florida siting board, which includes the governor, gave its blessing for plans for FPL to eventually add two nominal 1,100-MW (net) nuclear generating units at Turkey Point.

That scenario is a long way from reality as company plans don’t envision commercial operation until 2014.

Nationally, there are only two nuclear units listed with zero generation headed into the July 4 holiday weekend. The Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) Salem 1 unit in New Jersey continues to be offline for a refueling outage while the PPL (NYSE:PPL) Susquehanna 2 unit continues to be offline for a turbine blade inspection.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.