SALEM TWP. — Susquehanna Steam Electric Station operators reconnected the Unit 2 reactor with the electrical grid Saturday.
According to a PPL news release, data from vibration monitoring equipment led to a shutdown of the reactor on June 25. The data indicated a few turbine blades may have developed small cracks, which staff confirmed during inspection and maintenance.
Unit 1 received new blades in June, PPL said, and plans are in place to install new blades on Unit 2’s turbine, pending analysis of Unit 1’s performance, during a scheduled refueling outage in Spring 2015.
PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. share joint ownership of the Salem Township plant. PPL Susquehanna, an affiliate of the PPL Corporation, operates the plant. PPL said its affiliates deliver natural gas and electricity to some 10 million customers in the United States and United Kingdom.