PSEG Salem Unit 1 Begins Refueling Outage
More than 1,000 skilled workers join 1,600 PSEG employees to maintain first rate operating condition
LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK, N.J., April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — More than 1,000 contractors and craftspeople have arrived in Salem County to begin work on PSEG Nuclear’s Salem Unit 1 reactor, which began a regularly scheduled refueling outage on Friday.
These contractors, working alongside 1,600 PSEG Nuclear employees, will perform approximately 14,000 refueling, maintenance and other activities during the period the Salem 1 reactor is offline.
“PSEG Nuclear’s employees and contractors are committed to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of New Jersey’s nuclear plants – which provide about 40 percent of the state’s electricity,” said Pete Sena, PSEG Nuclear president and chief nuclear officer. “We’re proud of the work they do to ensure an around-the-clock supply of clean, affordable energy for all of our customers.”
PSEG operators safely took Salem generating station unit 1 offline at 10 p.m. Friday to begin the station’s 26th refueling outage.
Salem 1 is one of three nuclear units operated by PSEG in Salem County, New Jersey. The plants produce 40 percent of New Jersey’s electricity – enough to power 3.8 million homes – and 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free energy. Economic studies have shown that replacing the output of the plants with other sources of power generation would increase New Jersey electricity bills by about $400 million a year.