Exelon N.J. Oyster Creek reactor shut

NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Exelon Corp’s (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 619-megawatt Oyster Creek nuclear power station in New Jersey shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

On Friday, the unit was operating at 94 percent of capacity as it coasted down for a planned month-long refueling and maintenance outage expected to start in late October.

Electricity traders guessed the unit shut for the refuel.

Oyster Creek, the oldest operating nuclear reactor in the nation, is in Forked River in Ocean County, about 60 miles east of Philadelphia. It entered service in 1969.

One MW powers about 800 homes in New Jersey.

In July 2005, Exelon applied with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the plant’s original 40-year operating license for another 20 years.

In September 2008, a federal review board held a hearing related to Exelon’s proposal to inspect the plant’s drywell, which was the subject of a contention filed with the NRC by a group of environmental and community organizations opposed to the license renewal.

So long as the renewal process is ongoing, Exelon can continue to operate the plant even after the license expires in 2009.

Exelon’s AmerGen Energy Co subsidiary owns the station, while its Exelon Generation Co LLC subsidiary operates it.

Exelon, of Chicago, owns and operates more than 38,000 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities. It transmits and distributes electricity to 5.4 million and distributes natural gas to 480,000 customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN2730895220081027

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Southern Ala. Farley 2 reactor shut

EW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Southern Co’s (SO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 860-megawatt Unit 2 at the Farley nuclear power station in Alabama shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

On Friday, the unit was operating at 83 percent power as it coasted down for a planned month-long refueling outage expected to start in mid October.

Electricity traders guessed the company shut the unit for the refueling outage.

The unit last shut for refueling from April 9-May 23, 2007. It is on an 18-month refueling outage.

The 1,711 MW Farley station is located in Dothan in Houston County, about 95 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Florida. There are two units at the station, Unit 1 and the 860 MW Unit 2, which entered service in 1977 and 1981.

Unit 1 continued to operate at full capacity.

One MW powers about 500 homes in Alabama.

In 2005, the NRC renewed the plant’s original 40-year operating licenses for both units for another 20 years until 2037 and 2041.

Southern, of Atlanta, owns and operates more than 42,000 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to nearly 4.4 million customers in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN2050776720081020

PG&E Calif. Diablo Canyon 2 reactor shut

NEW YORK, Aug 18 (Reuters) – PG&E Corp’s (PCG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 1,118-megawatt Unit 2 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power station in California shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

The unit was operating at full power on Friday.

The 2,240 MW Diablo Canyon station is located in Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, about 195 miles northwest of Los Angeles. There are two units at the station, 1,122 MW Unit 1 and the 1,118 MW Unit 2, which entered service in 1985 and 1986.

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Unit 1 continued to operate at full power.

One MW powers about 700 homes in California.

PG&E, of San Francisco, owns and operates more than 6,200 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to 5.1 million customers and natural gas to 4.2 million customers in California. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

Progress N.C. Harris reactor shut

NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Progress Energy Inc’s (PGN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 900-megawatt Harris nuclear power station in North Carolina shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

On Friday, the unit was operating at full power.

The Harris station, which entered service in 1987, is located in Wake County, about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina.

One MW powers about 700 homes in North Carolina.

Progress Energy, of Raleigh, North Carolina, operates the station for its owners, Progress (83.5 percent) and North Carolina Municipal Power (16.5 percent).

In Nov 2006, Progress filed for a 20-year extension of the unit’s original 40-year operating license. The NRC said it expects to make a decision in December 2008 without a hearing or August 2009 with a hearing.

In 2008, Progress applied with the NRC to build two of Toshiba Corp’s (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 1,100 MW Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Harris. If the company decides to move forward with the new reactors, they could enter service as soon as 2018.

Progress has not said in press releases how much the new plant would cost.

In Florida however, Progress estimated two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors would cost about $14 billion plus another $3 billion for transmission upgrades.

The transmission upgrades may not be as necessary at Harris, electricity traders noted, because the 35 square mile Harris site was originally planned for four nuclear reactors. Due to changing economic conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, Progress only built one reactor.

Progress, of Raleigh, North Carolina, owns and operates more than 21,000 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to about 3.1 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

Progress N.C. Harris reactor shut

EW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Progress Energy Inc’s (PGN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 900-megawatt Harris nuclear power station in North Carolina shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

On Friday, the unit was operating at full power.

The Harris station, which entered service in 1987, is located in Wake County, about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina.

One MW powers about 700 homes in North Carolina.

Progress Energy, of Raleigh, North Carolina, operates the station for its owners, Progress (83.5 percent) and North Carolina Municipal Power (16.5 percent).

In Nov 2006, Progress filed for a 20-year extension of the unit’s original 40-year operating license. The NRC said it expects to make a decision in December 2008 without a hearing or August 2009 with a hearing.

In 2008, Progress applied with the NRC to build two of Toshiba Corp’s (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 1,100 MW Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Harris. If the company decides to move forward with the new reactors, they could enter service as soon as 2018.

Progress has not said in press releases how much the new plant would cost.

In Florida however, Progress estimated two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors would cost about $14 billion plus another $3 billion for transmission upgrades.

The transmission upgrades may not be as necessary at Harris, electricity traders noted, because the 35 square mile Harris site was originally planned for four nuclear reactors. Due to changing economic conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, Progress only built one reactor.

Progress, of Raleigh, North Carolina, owns and operates more than 21,000 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to about 3.1 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)