2 Nuclear Reactors Returning to Service

Limerick Nuclear Plant

The latest reactor status data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) suggests that two nuclear units – one in the Southwest and the other in the East – are returning to service after outages.

It appears that the South Texas Project 1 has exited its refueling and maintenance outage. The unit was listed at 29-percent generation in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) data Monday Dec. 21 after being listed at zero power Dec. 18.

The South Texas Project is a dual-unit pressurized water reactor (PWR) station located in Matagorda County, Texas. Each unit has a generating capacity of roughly 1,200 MW.

The South Texas Project is jointly owned by NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG); CPS Energy (NYSE:CPS) and Austin Energy. Together, the three generators own South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. (STPNOC).

Likewise, the Limerick 2 station was listed at 21 percent Dec. 21 after being listed at zero power Dec. 18.

An Exelon (NYSE:EXC) facility, Limerick 2 is a roughly 1,100-MW boiling water reactor (BWR) located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

An Exelon spokesperson said Limerick Unit 2 returned to service over the weekend after successfully completing a planned maintenance outage that began Dec. 13.  During the outage, technicians performed maintenance on the turbine and replaced electrical connections on the main generator.

This article was republished with permission.

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