Harris nuclear power plant remains offline following fire

The Harris nuclear power plant located in North Carolina remains offline following an onsite fire over the weekend.

The Harris nuclear power plant located in North Carolina remains offline following an onsite fire over the weekend. Officials at the plant declared an Alert Saturday morning (Jan.18) due to a fire in plant electrical equipment. 

After smoke was detected, plant operators safely shut down the facility and on-site fire brigade responded.  Off-site fire department resources also responded as backup and were later released. No visible flames were detected and officials exited the Alert later the same day. The plant remains in stable condition.  

Duke has said there was no impact to public safety as a result of the event and once equipment is restored, the plant will return to full power.

The Harris nuclear plant is a single-unit facility located on Harris Lake, near New Hill, N.C. The plant began commercial operation in 1987 and has rated capacity of 928 megawatts. Harris is jointly owned by the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

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