NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Public Service Enterprise Group Inc’s (PEG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 1,174-megawatt Unit 1 at the Salem nuclear power station in New Jersey was in hot shutdown mode on Nov. 7, the company told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a report.
Electricity traders noted hot shutdown mode meant the unit was likely getting close to exiting a refueling outage begun on Oct. 14.
Unit 1 last shut for refueling from March 27 to April 20, 2007. It is on an 18-month refueling cycle.
The 3,562 MW Salem/Hope Creek station is located along the Delaware River in Salem, about 40 miles south of Philadelphia. There are three reactors at the station, the 1,174 MW Salem 1, which entered service in 1977, 1,130 MW Salem 2 (1981) and the 1,220 MW Hope Creek (1986), along with the 38 MW Salem 3 oil-fired turbine.
Salem 2 meanwhile continued to operate at 87 percent power.
Hope Creek continued to operate at 97 percent.
One MW powers about 800 homes in New Jersey.
In August 2007, PSEG said it planned to spend $50 million between 2007 and 2011 to explore the possible construction of a new reactor at Hope Creek.
PSEG told the NRC it planned to file for a 20-year extension of the original 40-year operating licenses for Hope Creek and both Salem units in September 2009.
PSEG, of Newark, New Jersey, owns and operates more than 16,500 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to 2.1 million customers and natural gas to 1.7 million customers in New Jersey and another 2.9 million customers around the world. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)