Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pa. nuclear power plant needs repair following summer heat wave

A Pennsylvania power company had to initiate repairs at a nuclear power plant Sunday following a week of high temperatures and surging demand on power facilities.

Operators disconnected Unit 1 at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear powerplant in northeastern Pennsylvania from the regional power grid Sunday to repair one of four valves that control the amount of steam going into the turbine,” PPL said in a press statement.

PPL expects to complete the repairs and reconnect Unit 1 to the power grid soon. Unit 2 continues to operate at full power. Both Susquehanna units have a generating capacity of about 1,300 megawatts.

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

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