Florida Power and Light Company’s (FPL) 839MW unit 2 at Saint Lucie nuclear power station has exited a refuelling outage and increased by up to 74%, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said.

The 1,678MW Saint Lucie station is situated on Hutchinson Island in Saint Lucie county, around 120 miles north of Miami. The station has two 839MW units, 1 and 2, which entered service in 1976 and 1983.

The unit 2 at the station was shut on 27 April 2009. The unit’s last shut for refuelling was from early October 2007 to early January 2008, and is on an 18-month refuelling cycle.

The company plans to spend around $1.5bn to add about 400MW of capacity to the company’s Saint Lucie and Turkey Point reactors by 2012.