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LIMERICK UNIT 2 SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS RUN

 LIMERICK UNIT 2 SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS RUN
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit No. 2 at Philadelphia


Electric Company's (NYSE: PE) Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County set a world record yesterday for continuous run of a General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) boiling water reactor.
 At 9:04 a.m. on Sunday, the unit surpassed the previous record of 424 days for GE's world wide fleet of 50 boiling water reactors, set by Georgia Power Company's Hatch Unit 1 during 1988/90.
 The run is also believed to be longer than any of the 38 foreign designed BWRs operating throughout the world.
 The longest run for a nuclear unit of any design is 503 days, set by Florida Power & Light Company's St. Lucie Unit 2, a pressurized water reactor.
 Limerick Unit 2 has operated continuously since returning from a refueling outage on June 5, 1991. It has operated at better than 98 percent of full capacity and has generated more than 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
 The Unit 2 record puts the Limerick station in the unique position of setting GE BWR continuous run records for first, second and third fuel cycles. Limerick Unit 1 has set the first and third fuel cycle records with runs of 198 and 378 days, respectively.
 "We are pleased to set the record," said Plant Manager Jay Doering, "but we are much more proud of the overall quality and safety of our operations.
 "One long run, by itself, would not be of great significance," he added, "but Limerick's history of long runs highlights the dedication and attention to detail that plant personnel put into their work. They operate and maintain this plant to the highest standards of quality and safety."
 Richard Butrovich, GE Limerick site representative, called the Limerick 2 run "a record that should be around for a long time." "It demonstrates," he added, "that Limerick is an exceptionally well run and maintained plant."
 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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 /CONTACT: Bill Jones of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4129/
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