Duke Energy refueling Brunswick 2 nuclear unit

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has confirmed that it has started a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at the Brunswick 2 nuclear unit in Southport, N.C.

After being listed at 100% generation on Feb. 20 in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) data, the unit was listed at zero generation on Feb. 21. Brunswick Unit 1 continues to run at 100% generation, according to NRC data.

Brunswick 1 underwent a refueling and maintenance outage last spring. The Brunswick units refuel on a 24-month cycle, a spokespeson said.

Brunswick plant Unit 2 is a roughly 950-MW boiling water reactor (BWR). A Duke utility subsidiary is currently in the process of buying out the partial ownership stake in Brunswick Units 1 and 2, and certain other generation assets, currently held by the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.

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