Peach Bottom Nuclear Unit 3 Offline for Refueling and Upgrade Project

Peach Bottom Nuclear Unit 3 Offline for Refueling and Uprate Project

Unit 3 of Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania was removed from service for a scheduled refueling outage and upgrade project.
 
The outage works include refueling the reactor and making equipment modifications to ensure operations for another two years. The equipment modifications are a part of the Unit 3 extended power uprate (EPU) project to increase the generating capacity of the unit. Unit 2 will operate throughout the project.
 
Plant operator Exelon (NYSE: EXC) has been working with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) since 2010 to complete a comprehensive design review and to do several upgrades, including replacing the high- and low-pressure turbines, steam dryers and main power transformers on both units. The generators for units 2 and 3 were overhauled and feed water pumps and motors were also upgraded.
 
The plant is home to two boiling water reactors with a total generating capacity of 2,280 MW. Both units began operations in 1974.
 
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