FORKED RIVER, NJ - Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station commenced a plant shutdown at 8 p.m. today to support inspections and replacement of a piece of safety equipment that operates valves located inside the drywell.
Because the equipment is inside the drywell, this inspection cannot be performed while the reactor is in operation. Staff will visually inspect the valves and replace components as necessary while the plant is shut down.
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. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, are responsible for more than $69 million injected directly into New Jersey's economy.