February 05, 2009
Oyster Creek Generating Station Returns to Service
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.
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.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 480,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.