July 23, 2012
Oyster Creek Quick Response to Temporary Grid Disturbance
Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station responded quickly Monday morning when electrical service coming in to the station was temporarily disrupted. The reactor was taken offline and the plant performed as designed.
Forked River, New Jersey – Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station responded quickly Monday morning when electrical service coming in to the station was temporarily disrupted. The reactor was taken offline and the plant performed as designed.
As a result, an Unusual Event was declared at 3:41 a.m. ET and then terminated at 5:38 a.m. ET, after Jersey Central Power & Light crews corrected the issue.
An unusual event is the lowest of four Nuclear Regulatory Commission emergency classifications. Exelon Generation personnel notified all appropriate federal, state and local government officials.
During the grid disturbance, two diesel-powered generators supplied electrical power to key plant components. These generators are one of several methods of providing backup power to the station when necessary.
Oyster Creek is located 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. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, contribute more than $96 million to New Jersey’s economy.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).