Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey returns to full power

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said March 28 that the Oyster Creek nuclear plant had resumed full power operations after workers completed repairs to an electrical system that regulates steam used to turn the plant’s turbines.

The unit automatically shut down on Sunday, March 22. After repairs were completed, technicians inspected and tested the electrical system before returning the unit to service.

Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, N.J. The plant produces 636 MW (net).

The boiling water reactor (BWR) was commissioned in 1969, according to GenerationHub data. The plant will retire by the end of 2019.

While Oyster Creek was offline due to an unplanned outage, many reactors scheduled their regular refueling and maintenance outages during the spring. A dozen nuclear units were not generating electricity early March 30, according to data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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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.