Operators restart unit 2 at PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant resumed generating electricity for the power grid December 28. The unit had been shut down since December 16.

An electrical connection problem caused an automatic shutdown during a routine, scheduled turbine valve test. An unrelated issue with the positioning of a valve on one of the unit's main water pumps during start-up activities extended the out-of-service time.

Unit 1 at PPL Susquehanna continues operating at full power.

The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, Pennsylvania, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna LLC.

The plant, built in 1982 by Bechtel Corp., is a two-unit nuclear power plant. Each of the plant's GE boiling water reactors generates 1,350 MW.

PPL Susquehanna LLC is one of PPL Corp. generating affiliates. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corp. owns or controls through its subsidiaries about 19,000 MW of generating capacity in the U.S., sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the U.S. and the U.K.

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