Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station took the station's turbine offline today at 1:04 a.m. to perform maintenance on one of the plant's two main transformers.
"During plant start up we observed abnormal indications in one of the plant's new transformers," said Mike Massaro, site vice president. "Understanding the indications and making any repairs to the transformer is a conservative action that helps us to ensure safe, reliable operations during the summer months when the region needs the plant's electricity the most."
The transformers are used to transmit electricity from the station's generator to the regional grid.
The plant responded as expected, safely and without incident. There was no risk to the public, no release of radiation and no injuries associated with taking the turbine offline.
Oyster Creek is located approximately 60 miles east of Philadelphia. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity per hour, enough carbon free energy for approximately 600,000 homes, the equivalent of all of the homes in Mercer, Burlington and Ocean counties.