Alert declared and exited at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in North Carolina

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SOUTHPORT, N.C. Officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant declared an Alert on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 8:39 p.m. due to damage to a pump motor. The Alert was exited at 9:18 p.m. when Alert conditions ended.  

Both units continue to operate. Unit 2 was reduced to approximately 70 percent power because of the damaged pump motor. There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or employees.

An Alert is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications. This classification is used to describe conditions that require emergency response agencies to be in a heightened state of readiness, but pose no threat to public safety.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant is a two-unit power plant located near Southport, N.C. The plant has a generating capacity of 1,870 megawatts. Brunswick’s unit 2 began commercial operation in 1975 and unit 1 in 1977.

Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.4 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. Its Commercial Portfolio and International business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

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