Turkey Point nuclear plant back online after successful uprate outage

Turkey Point nuclear power plant Florida Power & Light uprate complete

Reactor 4 at Florida’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant kicked back online Wednesday afternoon, after a successful five-year uprate outage to increase the unit’s power output.

With all four overhauled reactors now back online the largest uprate project in the US has passed a major milestone. Over the next month reactor 4 will be gradually scaled up to 100 percent output, at which point, with all reactors operating at peak, the nuclear plant will be capable of producing 525 additional megawatts for an increase of 15 percent above its pre-uprate capacity.

The $3 billion project was originally estimated to cost half that and has been a major undertaking for plant owner Florida Power & Light.

“It’s really the equivalent of building a new small power plant,” said Mike Kiley, Turkey Point’s nuclear site vice president told The Miami Herald.

The uprate project was original proposed in 2007 though construction began three years ago. Unit 4 was connected to the grid on April 17. The upgrades of Unit 3, and units 1 and 2 at the St. Lucie nuclear power plant, were all completed in 2012. Since then, the project has employed more than 1,000 engineers and increased the workforce at the plant’s nuclear units from 800 to more than 5,000. The reactors at Turkey Point first came online in the early 1970s.

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