Forked River, NJ - Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station manually took the station's reactor off line at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30, for planned maintenance that will better prepare the plant for the high electricity demand of the upcoming summer months.
Among the work will be repairs to one of five recirculation pumps that are used to move water through the reactor during power operations, and proactive maintenance that will ready the plant for the summer peak demand period.
"In preparing for the summer, we will also take advantage of the plant outage to do minor repairs and modifications that can only be done when the reactor is off-line," 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.