CATAWBA LEADS NATIONAL WAVE OF NUCLEAR PROFICIENCY
YORK, S.C. – Catawba Nuclear Station led the nation in generating efficiency in 2002, according to a survey conducted by trade publication Platts’ Nucleonics Week.
Based on documentation filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Catawba’s operations and maintenance (O&M) costs were $11.33 per megawatt-hour, the lowest in the country.
The median cost for all nuclear stations providing information to FERC was $15.89 per megawatt-hour, also the lowest it has ever been. Forty-three stations submitted data to FERC, 22 did not, according to Platts.
Duke Power’s McGuire Nuclear Station in
Duke Power operated stations saved more than $193 million in O&M expenses compared to similarly-sized facilities operating at the median cost. Catawba’s savings alone exceeded $92 million.
The nuclear fleet operated by Duke Power had its greatest year in history in 2002. Company-operated nuclear stations had a combined capacity factor of 95.21 percent, considerably above the company’s previous best of 92.33 percent set in 2000. The average nuclear capacity factor in the
A high nuclear capacity factor is beneficial to the customer because more electricity is being provided by low-cost nuclear generation. This contributes to stable electric rates.
Duke Power operates seven nuclear units – three at
Here are some other records set in 2002 by Duke Power operated nuclear stations:
“While our numbers are excellent, we continue to seek ways to improve,” said Dhiaa Jamil, Catawba’s site vice president. “The region is going through difficult economic times, and we’re doing everything we can to control the cost of electricity. Our employees and management have worked safely and efficiently, and the results are evident.”
Outstanding performances are continuing in 2003. To date, three units have been continuously operating for more than 300 days, another unit has been operating more than 200 consecutive days, and two units have been on line for more than 100 days.
Catawba Nuclear Station is jointly owned by North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Saluda River Electric Cooperative Inc and Duke Power. McGuire and
Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to more than 2 million customers in
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