Duke Energy Oconee 1 back at full power in South Carolina

The Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) Oconee Unit 1 nuclear facility in South Carolina is back at full power after being offline for a little more than three weeks, according to reactor data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Oconee 1 returned to service Nov. 27 and was back at 100% power Nov. 29, according to the NRC data. The unit had gone offline around Nov. 5.

The outage was a refueling and maintenance outage, according to data posted on the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) website. Duke has three pressurized water reactors at the nuclear station along the Keowee River in Seneca, South Carolina. The three units have a combined generating capacity of more than 2,500 MW.

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