Exelon takes Oyster Creek nuclear plant down for planned maintenance

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said early April 25 that it has taken the 636 MW Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey offline for planned maintenance.

The outage should ensure system reliability and maximum efficiency during the peak summer months ahead, the company said in a news release. All equipment performed as designed during the shutdown.

During the outage, technicians will inspect, repair and test several mechanical components in the plant, including a control rod drive mechanism and pumps and seals that control water flow to equipment.

Oyster Creek is a boiling water reactor (BWR) located 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Exelon long ago announced plans to close its Oyster Creek plant in 2019. Within the past year, the company has filed a request with PJM Interconnection (PJM) to deactivate the Oyster Creek plant.

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