DELTA, PA - Operators at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station took Unit 2 offline at 00:01 a.m. this morning to refuel the reactor and make equipment modifications that will ensure safe and reliable operations for another two-year operating cycle. Unit 2 ran continuously for 730 days, a station record and the second-longest continuous operating cycle of any U.S. commercial nuclear reactor.
"Breaker to breaker operating cycles are the hallmark of excellence in our industry and I'm very proud of the Peach Bottom team for their performance and commitment to safety," said Site Vice President, Mike Massaro. "This year's outage schedule includes a host of equipment upgrades and enhancements that will allow us to power an additional 150,000 homes and businesses."
Completing planned modifications requires an additional 2,500 supplemental workers, many of whom travel from local union halls or specialized industry crews.
In August 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Peach Bottom's extended power uprate (EPU) application, which allows the station to safely generate additional megawatts. The extensive engineering review and approval process for EPU began in September 2012.
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Pa. The station is home to two boiling water reactors capable of generating 2,280 megawatts combined. Both reactors began commercial operation in 1974.