PPL's Susquehanna Unit 2 Returns to Service Following Planned Refueling and Maintenance Outage

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from PPL Corporation

    BERWICK, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- PPL's Unit
 2 reactor at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa., returned
 to service today (4/23) following the unit's 10th planned refueling and
 inspection outage.  The outage began on March 10.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981015/PHTH025 )
     While Unit 2 was down, refueling teams replaced about 40 percent of the
 unit's uranium fuel.  This partial replenishment of fuel will enable Unit 2 to
 operate continuously for 24 months before its next refueling, according to
 Herbert D. Woodeshick, special assistant to the president for Susquehanna.
     These planned biennial outages are crucial to the operating cycle of the
 plant, not only to refuel, but also to perform systematic preventive
 maintenance and make upgrades to plant equipment.  "Good outage performance
 leads to good equipment reliability, and good equipment reliability will
 continue the safe operation of the plant," Woodeshick said.
     Outage teams completed about 2,500 work items, including replacing 300
 fuel bundles; upgrading the feedwater system for greater efficiency; replacing
 about 12 percent of the control rods used to manage reactivity; conducting
 2,500 visual inspections of piping and core components; overhauling two large
 motors; and performing maintenance on main steam isolation valves.
     Since its last refueling and inspection outage two years ago, Unit 2 has
 generated about 17.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.  A kilowatt-hour
 is enough electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours.  An average
 PPL residential customer uses about 10,000 kilowatt-hours a year.
     The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about five miles north of
 Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric
 Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
 
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    BERWICK, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- PPL's Unit
 2 reactor at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa., returned
 to service today (4/23) following the unit's 10th planned refueling and
 inspection outage.  The outage began on March 10.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981015/PHTH025 )
     While Unit 2 was down, refueling teams replaced about 40 percent of the
 unit's uranium fuel.  This partial replenishment of fuel will enable Unit 2 to
 operate continuously for 24 months before its next refueling, according to
 Herbert D. Woodeshick, special assistant to the president for Susquehanna.
     These planned biennial outages are crucial to the operating cycle of the
 plant, not only to refuel, but also to perform systematic preventive
 maintenance and make upgrades to plant equipment.  "Good outage performance
 leads to good equipment reliability, and good equipment reliability will
 continue the safe operation of the plant," Woodeshick said.
     Outage teams completed about 2,500 work items, including replacing 300
 fuel bundles; upgrading the feedwater system for greater efficiency; replacing
 about 12 percent of the control rods used to manage reactivity; conducting
 2,500 visual inspections of piping and core components; overhauling two large
 motors; and performing maintenance on main steam isolation valves.
     Since its last refueling and inspection outage two years ago, Unit 2 has
 generated about 17.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.  A kilowatt-hour
 is enough electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours.  An average
 PPL residential customer uses about 10,000 kilowatt-hours a year.
     The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about five miles north of
 Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric
 Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
 
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