Peach Bottom 2 goes offline for steam valve repair

Operators at Peach Bottom atomic power station in Pennsylvania removed Unit 2 from service early Dec. 14 to inspect and repair a steam valve, Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said in a news release.

Due to the location of the valve, repairs cannot be performed while the unit is online. Once the repairs are made and final testing is complete, Unit 2 will be returned to service. Peach Bottom Unit 3 continues to operate at full power, Exelon said.

Peach Bottom is jointly owned (50/50) by Exelon and the Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG).

Peach Bottom is located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Pa. The station is home to two boiling water reactors (BWRs) capable of generating 2,700 MW combined. Both reactors began commercial operation in 1974.

Peach Bottom owners are doing an analysis of seeking a second 20-year license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for Peach Bottom. If that comes to pass, it could result in a total lifespan of 80 years for Peach Bottom.

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