NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Unit 1 of FPL Group's (NYSE:FPL) (FPL) 1,678-megawatt St. Lucie nuclear power plant is operating at reduced power because of a leak in a condensate pump seal.
Workers discovered the leak late Monday and expect to complete repairs by 12 p.m. EDT Tuesday, an FPL spokesman said. The condensate pump sends condensed steam from the plant's turbines back to the reactor as coolant water.
St. Lucie had been operating at 75% power prior to the leak as a result of algae and seagrass clogging the plant's filters. The plant is expected to return to 75% capacity later Tuesday, the spokesman said.
The dual-unit St. Lucie plant is located near Ft. Pierce, Fla., about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. The plant is located within the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, which oversees the electric reliability grid in the state. Each of the plant's units generates 839 MW.
-By Christine Buurma; Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-2061; christine.buurma@ dowjones.com
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