Susquehanna Nuclear Unit 1 closes for refueling, upgrades

Berwick, Pa., March 31, 2012 — Operators shut down the Unit 1 reactor at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania early March 31 after 282 days of consecutive operation to begin a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

Each of the two units at the Susquehanna nuclear plant is taken out of service for refueling and maintenance every 24 months. Workers will replace about 40 percent of the uranium fuel and complete hundreds of scheduled equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades.

Unit 2 at the plant continues to operate at full power. PPL schedules nuclear refueling and maintenance outages at this time of year, when the demand for power on the grid is lower.

The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven 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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