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CP&L TO MAKE REPAIRS IN CORE SHROUD

 RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Carolina Power & Light (NYSE: CPL) will make repairs in the core shroud of Unit 1 of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, a 767-megawatt Boiling Water Reactor located near Southport, N.C.
 "We have been doing a very thorough ultrasound investigation of the Unit 1 shroud, and based on the latest data, which have been gathered within the past day, we will go forward with a repair of the shroud," said Roy Anderson, vice president of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant.
 The shroud is a stainless steel cylinder that serves to direct the flow of water inside the reactor. The shroud is completely contained inside a six-inch-thick reactor vessel. Earlier today, wire service reports referred to cracks in the reactor and suggested that the company was considering closing the plant. Some reports also said that the crack in the shroud was discovered by federal regulators. None of these statements is accurate.
 CP&L has been investigating indications of a crack in the shroud since early July, and has been sharing this information with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as data becomes available. The company has done an ultrasonic test of portions of the shroud, and has taken one sample of the metal in the shroud wall for analysis.
 Based on this preliminary information, CP&L has worked with General Electric Co., the reactor manufacturer, to develop more sophisticated ultrasonic test equipment to identify how deeply into the shroud metal the crack extends.
 "Based on the results of this more intensive investigation, we have decided to do a repair to the shroud before the unit is brought back into service," Anderson said. The repair will consist of adding stiffening braces around the top portion of the shroud.
 "These repairs will restore the strength of the shroud to its original strength for the remaining life of the Brunswick Plant," Anderson said.
 CP&L estimates that the outage will be extended by approximately four weeks, with the unit returning to service in December.
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 /CONTACT: Mac Harris of CP&L, 919-457-3113/
 (CPL)


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