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PPL Susquehanna Unit 2 Shuts Down
Operators shut down the Unit 2 reactor at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant at 7:19 a.m. Thursday because of a malfunction with a plant electrical transformer.
"The reactor was shut down safely and is in a stable condition while we investigate the cause of the electrical transformer problem," said Britt McKinney, PPL's vice president of nuclear site operations.
The main transformer is a non-nuclear component of the plant that increases the voltage of the electricity for distribution on the electrical transmission network.
The malfunction appears to be related to the cooling system for the transformer, McKinney said.
The plant's Unit 1 reactor continues to operate at 100 percent power.
The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, Pa. is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
PPL Susquehanna is one of PPL Corporation's generating facilities. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) controls more than 12,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers electricity to nearly 5 million customers in Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom and Latin America. More information is available at http://www.pplweb.com/.
SOURCE: PPL Susquehanna
CONTACT: Lou Ramos, PPL Corporation, +1-570-759-2285
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