Unit II of Susquehanna nuclear power plant resumes service following maintenance outage

10 April 2017 (Last Updated April 10th, 2017 18:30)

Unit II of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County has returned to service after completing its scheduled refuelling and maintenance outage.

Unit II of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County has returned to service after completing its scheduled refuelling and maintenance outage.

As part of the upgrade to the US-based plant, essential equipment was replaced and necessary maintenance work was carried out with primary focus on safety.

Employees of the plant were supported by more than 1,800 supplemental contractors, which collectively completed the outage without any reportable injuries.

Site vice-president Berryman added: “Our investments in the plant's infrastructure enable Susquehanna to continue to provide reliable, zero-carbon energy to our customers.”

"Our investments in the plant's infrastructure enable Susquehanna to continue to provide reliable, zero-carbon energy to our customers."

The nuclear professionals replaced approximately one-third of the unit's uranium fuel, replaced three large heat exchangers, and performed a wide range of other maintenance activities and upgrades.

The team also completed final modifications to the Unit II low-pressure turbine, marking the final step in a multi-year project to resolve issues related to blade performance.

Berryman further added: “The Susquehanna team delivered a highly successful outage and met our business objectives of reconnecting to the electric grid on time and under budget.”

The two generating units of the Susquehanna plant will undergo planned refuelling and maintenance outages every 24 months. Operational since 1983, the plant generates 63 million kilowatts of electricity every day.