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LIMERICK 2 ELECTRIC OUTPUT AMONG THE INDUSTRY BEST

 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) said Unit 2 at its Limerick Generating Station was one of the most reliable and productive electric generating units in the United States last year.
 PECO said Limerick 2 operated for all but 8.5 days of the year and produced more than 8.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough power to fulfill the residential needs of all of the homes in the City of Philadelphia for three years.
 Limerick is a twin-unit nuclear generating station, located in Montgomery County, Pa. Each unit can produce more than 1 million kilowatts of electricity.
 Limerick 2 achieved the best availability rating -- 97.4 percent -- in the world among the General Electric-built boiling water reactors (BWRs). Its electric output was the highest among the 50 in the GE worldwide fleet and the ninth highest of any electric generating unit in the U.S.
 The unit's capacity factor of 91.9 percent was third highest for a boiling water reactor. Capacity factors indicate level of unit generation. A 100 percent capacity factor is achieved if the unit operates continuously at full power for the year. In 1992, the national average for all 109 nuclear reactors in the U.S. was 68.9 percent.
 Both units at Limerick generated nearly 15.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, also best in the world for a twin-unit plant among the BWRs, even though Limerick Unit 1 was out of service for 118 days for scheduled refueling and maintenance. Limerick contributed more than 36 percent of PECO's total electric output in 1992.
 Limerick 2 also established, on November 20, 1992, a new world record for continuous operation of 533 days for a nuclear reactor. The unit operated continuously since returning from a refueling outage on June 5, 1991.
 During 1992, nuclear represented 58 percent of PECO's total electric generation, followed by coal at 18 percent, hydro at 3 percent, and oil at one percent. Twenty percent of PECO's electric output derived from economy purchases with the regional interchange.
 According to Nucleonics Week, the generating unit with the largest output in the U.S., the South Texas 2 nuclear unit (a 1,250-megawatt pressurized water reactor operated by Houston Lighting and Power Co.) produced in excess of 10.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.
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