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LIMERICK 1 REFUELING OUTAGE BEGINS SATURDAY

 LIMERICK 1 REFUELING OUTAGE BEGINS SATURDAY
 PHILADELPHIA, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric


Company (NYSE: PE) said Unit 1 at its Limerick Generating Station will be taken out of service Saturday for a scheduled three-month refueling and maintenance outage.
 It is the fourth major refueling outage for Unit 1, which began operation in 1985. The last refueling outage began in September 1990. During this outage, which is expected to last into mid-June, as many as 1,700 workers will be involved. They will include the plant's regular operating staff, as well as PE maintenance personnel and outside contractors.
 The outage will involve the replacement of 240 of the unit's 764 fuel bundles. In addition, more than 2,600 preventive maintenance tasks, and 17 plant modifications, will be performed.
 Among the major projects are: the maintenance of a core spray injection valve; refurbishment of the main condenser; and the disassembly and inspection of the unit's high-pressure turbine and generator.
 PE said Unit 1 operated at 88.4 percent of full capacity during 1991, the sixth best capacity factor in the world for GE boiling water reactors. It generated more than 8.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. Unit 1 has operated at 98 percent of capacity thus far this year. (The average capacity factor for all U.S. nuclear units in 1991 was 68 percent.)
 Limerick Unit 2, which operated at 77.4 percent of full capacity last year and has run at 100 percent capacity thus far this year, will be unaffected by the outage.
 PE's nuclear units undergo refueling, maintenance and modification outages approximately every 18 months. Outages are scheduled during non-summer months, when there is a reduced customer demand. In the future, PE plans to conduct refueling and maintenance outages on a 24-month cycle.
 PE said the outage is expected to cost about $32 million.
 Graham Leitch, PE vice president, Limerick, said, "Planning for this outage has been underway for more than a year. There is a tremendous amount of activity scheduled. With proper planning, teamwork, management and attention to detail, we will be able to meet the challenge to conduct this outage in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner."
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wood of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4125/
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