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The Salem Nuclear Power Plant is a two unit pressurized water reactor nuclear power station located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, New Jersey in the United States. It is owned by PSEG Nuclear LLC and Exelon Generation LLC.Salem Nuclear Power Plant is two of four nuclear power units in New Jersey. The others are the two at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, and the Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station. As of January 1, 2005, New Jersey ranked 10th among the 31 states with nuclear capacity for total MWe generated. In 2003, nuclear electricity generated over one half of the electricity in the State.
The reactors, both PWRs, were built by Westinghouse, and began commercial operation in 1977 (Unit 1) and 1981 (Unit 2). The two-unit plant has a capacity of 2,275 MWe. Unit 1 is licensed to operate until August 13, 2016 and Unit 2 is licensed to operate until April 18, 2020. PSEG has applied for 20-year license renewals for both units.
The New York Times has reported that, in the 1990s, the Salem reactors were shut down for two years because of maintenance problems. Consultants found several difficulties, including a leaky generator, unreliable controls on a reactor, and workers who feared that reporting problems would lead to retaliation. In 2004, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission took on additional oversight of the Salem plants and increased the monitoring of them.
An extensive investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the subsequent review by hired consultants have found many minor problems, such as lack of routine maintenance and low morale among personnel, but declared the plant safe.
|Salem Nuclear Power Plant|
|Locale||Lower Alloways Creek|
|Commission date||Unit 1: June 30, 1977 |
Unit 2: October 31, 1981
|Licence expiration||Unit 1: August 13, 2016 |
Unit 2: April 18, 2020
|Owner(s)||Exelon (43%) |
|Power station information|
|Generation units||2 - GE 25kV|
|Power generation information|
|Installed capacity||Unit 1: 1,174 MW |
Unit 2: 1,130
|Annual generation||Unit 1: 9,158 GW·h|
Unit 2: 9,669