Susquehanna 2 goes offline for scheduled refueling

PPL (NYSE:PPL) said April 11 that plant operators had disconnected the Susquehanna 2 nuclear unit from the grid late Friday April 10 for a scheduled 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. The company also will be upgrading certain equipment with newer technology and perform thousands of routine maintenance tasks.

Susquehanna Units 1 and 2 are boiling water reactors (BWRs) located in Berwick, Pa. Each unit has an operating capacity of roughly 1,200 MW. PPL has said that it continues to make progress in upgrading turbine blades at both nuclear units at Susquehanna.

Unit 1 continues to operate at full power.

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