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2014-04-12 08:20:04

BERWICK, Pa., April 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant disconnected the Unit 1 reactor from the electrical grid Saturday (4/12) to begin a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. While the reactor is shut down, workers will replace about 40 percent of the uranium fuel and complete a number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades. The plant also will be investing millions to upgrade equipment with state-of-the-art technology and to...

2014-03-26 08:22:21

BERWICK, Pa., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant reconnected the Unit 2 reactor to the electrical grid Tuesday (3/25) after repairing a valve on a non-safety-related water supply pump. Operators shut the unit down early Thursday (3/20) to establish the working conditions needed to perform the required maintenance on this valve. Unit 1 continues to operate at full power. The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles...

2013-07-22 08:21:59

BERWICK, Pa., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators reconnected the Unit 1 reactor at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant to the regional electric grid Sunday (7/21), after repairing one of four valves that control the amount of steam going into the turbine. Unit 2 is operating at full power. 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...

2013-07-21 08:20:08

BERWICK, Pa., July 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators disconnected Unit 1 at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania from the regional power grid Sunday (7/21) to repair one of four valves that control the amount of steam going into the turbine. "Repairing the valve reflects our conservative approach to operating the plant safely and reliably," said Timothy S. Rausch, PPL Susquehanna senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer. "The repair...

2013-05-09 08:23:03

BERWICK, Pa., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant disconnected Unit 1 from the regional power grid early Thursday (5/9) at the start of a scheduled outage to install turbine modifications. The modifications are the first phase of a long-term plan that is expected to resolve the turbine blade issues that have affected plant operations in recent years. "Our conservative approach to resolve the issue by carefully monitoring blade performance and...

2012-12-28 08:20:24

BERWICK, Pa., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant resumed generating electricity for the power grid Friday (12/28). The unit had been shut down since Dec. 16. An electrical connection problem caused an automatic shutdown during a routine, scheduled turbine valve test. An unrelated issue with the positioning of a valve on one of the unit's main water pumps during start-up activities extended the out-of-service time. "We have conducted a detailed...

2012-12-16 12:20:09

BERWICK, Pa., Dec. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant automatically shut down early Sunday morning (12/16) during routine testing of a valve on the unit's main turbine system. Operators have confirmed all systems responded as expected and the reactor is in a safe and stable condition. Susquehanna employees are investigating why the testing caused the shutdown. "We regularly test and evaluate the condition of plant systems and equipment," said Timothy...

2012-11-20 00:21:46

BERWICK, Pa., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 2 at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., resumed generating electricity for the regional power grid safely and reliably on Monday (11/19) after completing a turbine blade inspection and repairing a computer system that malfunctioned on Nov. 9, causing operators to shut down the reactor. The previously announced turbine inspection revealed signs of cracking on a small number of blades. Those blades have...

2012-11-07 20:22:46

BERWICK, Pa., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 1 at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., resumed generating electricity for the regional power grid safely and reliably on Wednesday (11/7) after completing a turbine blade inspection. The inspection found signs of cracking on a small number of turbine blades, confirming data from diagnostic equipment installed in the spring of 2012. Those blades were replaced. "The inspection was another step in what has...

2012-06-19 02:21:47

BERWICK, Pa., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant performed a planned and controlled shutdown of the Unit 1 reactor Tuesday (6/19) morning to investigate the source of a minor water leak inside the containment structure that surrounds the reactor. "The leak does not affect the safety of the plant or the public," said Timothy S. Rausch, PPL's chief nuclear officer. "We made the prudent decision to shut down the unit while the leak is small and will...