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PERRY POWER PLANT TO SHUT DOWN FOR THIRD REFUELING/MAINTENANCE OUTAGE

 PERRY POWER PLANT TO SHUT DOWN FOR THIRD
 REFUELING/MAINTENANCE OUTAGE
 CLEVELAND, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Perry Power Plant will shut down on March 21, for its third refueling and maintenance outage. The outage should last two to three months.
 The outage marks the end of the plant's third operating cycle which began on Jan. 4, 1991 following the plant's second refueling/maintenance outage.
 "Our third 15-month operating cycle was our best yet," said Bob Stratman, general manager of Perry Plant Operations. "In fact, our operating record for the first 12 months of the cycle made us 18th in the world in 1991 for the number of megawatts produced."
 Stratman credits the excellent performance of the plant to the increased experience of plant employees and the superior quality of work performed during the plant's second refueling/maintenance outage.
 During this time, workers will perform a variety of maintenance activities and system tests that can only be completed when the plant is not operating. This work includes: an inspection of the turbine, replacement of water nozzles inside the cooling tower, 500 surveillance tests, and 46 system design changes that will improve plant performance.
 In addition, 204 of the plant's 748 uranium fuel bundles will be replaced, with the remaining bundles reshuffled to equalize the power level inside the reactor.
 During the outage, the plant will employ about 1,000 additional workers, including local skilled trades, technicians, and laborers.
 Following this outage, the plant is scheduled for another 15 month operating cycle, ending with its fourth scheduled outage in September 1993.
 The 1,250-megawatt Perry Power Plant provides electricity to seven million people in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. It is owned by a consortium of five electric utilities: The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (owner/operator) and Toledo Edison, operating subsidiaries of Centerior Energy Corporation; Ohio Edison, Pennsylvania Power Company; and Duquesne Light Company.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Phyfer of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., 216-259-3737, ext. 5519, or 216-623-1060, after hours/ CO: The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. ST: Ohio IN: UTI SU:


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