Susquehanna Unit 2 Reconnected to Power Grid after Four Day Outage

BERWICK, Pa., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators reconnected Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant to the regional power grid on Tuesday, May 17. The Unit 2 reactor was manually shut down on Friday, May 13 due to a fault in one of the unit's 480-volt electrical distribution centers.  The plant's design provides redundancy to account for the potential of these types of electrical faults. The operational crew responded in accordance with their training to place the unit in the condition to allow investigation and repair. 

A thorough investigation by the plant's nuclear professionals determined the reason for the shutdown was a short in a breaker that supplies power to a ventilation fan.  "Our electrical engineers and craftsmen completed a comprehensive assessment and identified an isolated electrical short, said Jon Franke, site vice president. "We have replaced the breaker and verified the functionality of the system."

Unit 1 at the plant continues to operate safely at full power.

The Susquehanna plant, located about seven miles north of Berwick, is jointly owned by Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC, and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc., and is operated by Susquehanna Nuclear. For information, visit

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