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Reactor At Nuclear Plant Offline For Maintenance

March 25, 2019

Operators at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant disconnected the Unit 2 reactor from the electrical grid on Saturday to begin its scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The unit is refueled every two years to help ensure that the plant runs safely and efficiently, generating reliable “always on” carbon-free power to the grid, a news release from the company states. Susquehanna’s Unit 1 reactor remains in operation. Plant employees, together with approximately 1,800 supplemental workers, are scheduled to perform approximately 10,000 maintenance activities while replacing about one-third of the unit’s fuel during the outage. “While refueling Unit 2, we will also complete proactive maintenance work to keep Susquehanna generating dependable, carbon-free energy safely and efficiently to meet the needs of our stakeholders,” said Kevin Cimorelli, site vice president. “Our goal is to complete the outage on time and with zero reportable injuries.” Each of Susquehanna’s two reactors undergo planned refueling and maintenance outages once every 24 months. The Susquehanna plant, located about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by Susquehanna Nuclear LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by Susquehanna Nuclear. — STAFF REPORT