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LIMERICK UNIT 2 SETS PE CONTINUOUS RUN RECORD

 LIMERICK UNIT 2 SETS PE CONTINUOUS RUN RECORD
 PHILADELPHIA, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company


(NYSE: PE) (PE) said Unit No. 2 at its Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County today set a continuous run record for the company's nuclear units.
 Today marked the unit's 379th day of continuous operation, breaking the company's old record of 378 days, set in 1990 by Limerick Unit 1.
 Unit 2, which achieved commercial operation in January 1990, set the new company record in just its second cycle of operation. Its run is the eight best ever for the world wide fleet of 48 General Electric Co. boiling water reactors (BWR), and third best in the United States.
 "We are always pleased to set a record," said Graham M. Leitch, PE vice president, Limerick, "but we are much more concerned with the quality and safety of the run than its length."
 "What is important to us," said plant manager Jay Doering, "is not simply more than a year's worth of operation, but more importantly, the high quality of that operation.
 "Throughout the past 12 months, the Limerick Team has gone to great lengths to assure that our facility has been operated and maintained to the highest standards of quality and safety.
 "Through careful testing and observation, excellent team planning and professionally executed corrective action, Limerick Unit 2 has joined Limerick Unit 1 as one of the best nuclear units in the nation."
 Dick Butrovich, GE Limerick site representative, said the majority of BWRs in their second cycle of operation do not surpass 200 days of continuous operation, let alone 378 days. "This continuous run," he said, "proves than Unit 2 is an exceptionally well run and maintained plant."
 Limerick Unit 1, which has been out of service since March 20 for a planned refueling and maintenance outage, is due back on line by the end of this month.
 In 1991, both units at Limerick operated at a combined capacity factor of 83 percent, well above the industry average of 70 percent. They generated more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity, almost 40 percent of the company's entire output.
 Overall, PE nuclear generation accounted for 25.7 billion kwh in 1991, or 63 percent of the company's total output. The cost to produce that amount of electricity through nuclear fuel was some $680 million less than it would have been through the use of oil.
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