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ST. LUCIE UNIT 2 SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS OPERATION

 ST. LUCIE UNIT 2 SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS OPERATION
 HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 6, 1992, Florida Power & Light Company's St. Lucie Unit 2 established a world record for continuous operation of a nuclear power plant -- 488 days and counting.
 The 16-month record began on Dec. 5, 1990, following a scheduled refueling of the 839 megawatt reactor (one megawatt supplies enough power for approximately 300 homes). FPL's record-setting run surpassed a 487-day record previously held by Wolf Creek, a Kansas nuclear plant.
 The next refueling for Unit 2 is scheduled to begin April 20, 1992, at which time the unit will have operated for 502 continuous days. Recently, Nucleonics Week magazine (a nuclear industry publication) named Unit 2 as the most efficient nuclear plant in the world for 1991.
 "Our first priority is safe and reliable operation," said St. Lucie site vice president Dave Sager. "We do not operate the plant with the objective of setting records. However, this achievement is a tribute to the people that operate and maintain our nuclear units. Their teamwork and commitment remain the keys to our successful operation."
 To place the 488-day record run in perspective, imagine driving a car at 55 miles per hour, 24 hours a day, for 488 days. The result: 644,160 miles without stopping for fuel. All maintenance of repairs performed with the vehicle moving. On a much larger scale, this is exactly what the employees at St. Lucie have achieved.
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 /CONTACT: Ray Golden of Florida Power & Light Company, 407-468-4111 or 305-552-3895/ CO: Florida Power & Light Company ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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