ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

Peach Bottom Restart

Not Likely Before FallPhiladelphia Electric Co. does not expect the troubled Peach Bottom nuclear power plant to restart before fall, a senior company official said Wednesday.

A fall restart would mean that the plant at Delta, Pa., will have been shut down at least 18 months, costing the company about $125 million, based on its current rate of expenditures for replacement power and a penalty imposed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission shut down the plant March 31 after control-room operators were found sleeping.

Rochester Gas Finds

Leaking Steam Tube

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. has located a small leak in a steam generator tube that led to a manual shutdown of the Ginna nuclear power plant Monday night.

The leaking tube was first spotted when workers were able to enter the steam generator Wednesday evening. Further inspection confirmed the precise location of the leaking tube.

The leaking tube will be plugged and it is expected that the 470-megawatt plant will be back on line by the middle of next week.