FPL takes St. Lucie 2 offline for refueling and maintenance

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) utility subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL) has taken Unit 2 of the St. Lucie nuclear plant in Jensen Beach, Fla., offline for a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

“Operators safely took St. Lucie Unit 2 offline Sept. 8 in accordance with established procedures to begin the plant’s planned refueling outage,” a plant spokesperson confirmed in a Sept. 10 email to GenerationHub.

The unit operates on an 18-month refueling cycle, the spokesperson said. St. Lucie Unit 1 remains at 100% power. When both pressurized water reactor (PWR) units are operating, the units can generate roughly 2,000 MW.

The St. Lucie station has a workforce of about 700 during normal operations, with roughly 1,000 additional people used during a scheduled refueling outage, according to an FPL website.

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