Friday, December 21, 2007

Exelon N.J. Oyster Creek reactor exits outage

Fri Dec 21, 2007

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Exelon Corp's (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) 619-megawatt Oyster Creek nuclear power station in New Jersey exited an outage and ramped up to 25 percent power by early Friday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

The unit shut on Dec. 19. As operators were reducing the unit to about 50 percent power to work on the condenser, one of the feed pumps failed and operators had to shut the unit.

The feed pumps move water from the condenser to the reactor. There are three feed pumps. The plant cannot operate unless at least two feed pumps are operating. One feed pump was already shut for the condenser work.

The Oyster Creek station, the oldest operating nuclear reactor in the nation, is in Forked River in Ocean County about 60 miles (97 km) east of Philadelphia. It entered service in 1969,

One MW powers about 800 homes in New Jersey.

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 customers and distributes natural gas to 480,000 in Illinois and Pennsylvania. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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