Florida Power & Light Company announced this week that it has successfully concluded a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant and set a national record in the process.
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The outage on Turkey Point Unit 4 was completed this past weekend in just 15 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes at the plant 25 miles south of Miami. Westinghouse Corp., which designed the Unit 4 reactor, has informed FPL that this is the shortest outage conducted by a Pressurized Water Reactor design in the United States to date.
Turkey Point also was successful in maintaining its excellent industrial safety record. There was only one minor injury to the FPL workforce during the entire outage.
"Although we do not set out deliberately to achieve records, we are pleased when they are reached as a result of a comprehensive team effort, excellent planning, and a focus on safety," said Art Stall, senior vice president of FPL's nuclear division. "The efficiency contributes to our ability to provide reliable, low-cost power to our customers."
Turkey Point developed a new outage command center that resulted in a streamlined process. The outage center is staffed 24 hours a day and is equipped with monitors and a wireless communications system that allows command center personnel to observe and communicate with staff in the field.
Florida Power & Light owns and operates two nuclear units at Turkey Point and two at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island near Ft. Pierce.
Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. , nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer- driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $8 billion and a growing presence in more than a dozen states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, Inc., FPL Group's energy- generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fpl.com, www.fplgroup.com and www.fplenergy.com.
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SOURCE: Florida Power & Light Company