PSEG begins refueling outage at Hope Creek nuclear plant

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG)(PSEG) recently began its 20th refueling and maintenance outage at the 1,170-MW Hope Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey.

The outage began Friday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the boiling water reactor (BWR) in Salem County, New Jersey. More than 12,500 work activities will be performed by PSEG employees as well as a thousand contractors.

Hope Creek is on an 18-month refueling cycle. The plant first came online in 1986 and is licensed to operate through 2046 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The plant’s last refueling outage was completed in the spring of 2015.

The neighboring Salem Generating Station is not affected by the outage. Both of its units remain at full operating power.

Major work planned for the Hope Creek outage includes:

•Replacing one third of the reactor’s 764 fuel assemblies;

•Maintenance on equipment like the turbine turning gear and hydraulic control units, and;

•Replacement of equipment like a condensate pump and motor and batteries.

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