Forked River, New Jersey - Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station manually took the station's reactor off line Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. for planned maintenance on a feedwater heater.
Oyster Creek has three feedwater heaters, which are used to maximize the plant's efficiency by recovering heat that would otherwise be lost. Feedwater heaters are located in the Turbine building and are not related to the plant's safety equipment.
"The maintenance work is being done proactively to correct the feedwater heater condition and further prepare the plant for the summer peak demand period," said Mike Massaro, Site Vice President for Oyster Creek Generating Station.
The plant came off line properly with no impact on aquatic life.
Oyster Creek is a 636-megawatt boiling water reactor capable of providing the carbon-free energy needed for about 600,000 homes. The station is located about 50 miles east of Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City.