Turkey Point 4 goes offline due to reactor trip

The Florida Power & Light (FPL) Turkey Point 4 nuclear unit in Florida went offline unexpectedly on May 12, according to an event report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) utility’s facility was generating power at 81% when it went offline during the early morning hours. Turkey Point 4 was still listed at zero generation early May 13, according to NRC data. Turkey Point 3 continues to run at 100% generation.

“On 5/12/15 at 0430 EDT, Unit 4 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to Generator Differential Trip. Investigation is underway to determine the cause. Auxiliary feedwater automatically initiated as expected,” according to the report filed with NRC. “All systems operated correctly in response to the reactor trip. Unit 4 is currently in Mode 3 and stable.”

Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 are both pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that were commissioned in the early 1970s and currently licensed to run until 2032 and 2033 respectively. The two nuclear units together have a summer generating capacity of more than 1,400 MW.

Turkey Point is located 25 miles south of Miami. FPL is also exploring the option of eventually building two more nuclear units at the Turkey Point station.

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