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Nuclear power plant in Arizona returns to service

Arizona Public Service (APS) on May 2 said Unit 3 at the 4,000 MW Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station returned to service April 17, marking the completion of the unit’s 16th planned refueling outage. The Palo Verde station is 55 miles west of Phoenix, Ariz.

The refueling outage, which finished in 31 days and 14 hours, marked the second-shortest refueling duration for the three-unit station. The unit also succeeded in achieving the fifth-lowest radiation dose recorded during a refueling outage in the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Unit 3 entered its refueling outage March 17 after operating for 487 days with a capacity factor of 99.4 percent during its 18-month operating cycle.

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