Progress Slows Brunswick 1 Reactor to 66% for Work

Progress Energy Inc. slowed the Brunswick 1 reactor in North Carolina to 66 percent of capacity from 100 percent yesterday after a fault on a transmission line outside of the plant.

Scheduled work on control rods that was planned to begin tomorrow was accelerated and has begun while the plant operates at reduced capacity, Mike Hughes, a company spokesman, said in a telephone interview. The company is still working to identify the fault in the transmission line, he said.

Brunswick Unit 1 has a capacity of 938 megawatts and Unit 2 a capacity of 937. Unit 2 was operating at full capacity early today, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s daily reactor status report.

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