FORKED RIVER, NJ (Feb. 5, 2008) - Exelon's Oyster Creek Generating Station resumed producing electricity on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:16 a.m. ET for New Jersey consumers and businesses after one its two main transformers failed on Sunday.
The plant automatically and safely shut down at 9:56 p.m ET on Feb. 1 after a failed component on a transformer caused an oil leak, resulting in a fire. Onsite responders and the Forked River Fire Department extinguished the fire.
There was no impact on aquatic life in the canal due to the shutdown, however there was thin film of oil found on an area of our property. The oil was contained and cleaned up.
Oyster Creek will operate at reduced power on one transformer while it evaluates the replacement of the failed transformer.
Since 2000, Exelon has invested more than $100 million in the Oyster Creek's systems, components and structures to establish the platform for 20 more years of safe and reliable operations for the Garden State.
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.