Palo Verde sets marks for refueling outage efficiency

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A planned refueling outage at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has been completed in record time.

This year's Unit 2 spring refueling outage began on Saturday, April 5, and was completed Saturday, May 3 - a total time of 28 days, 22 hours.  

It was the second time in plant history that refueling was completed under 30 days.  

"Palo Verde has generated more than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of emission-free electricity for the past nine years," said APS Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Randy Edington.

"The way our plant staff performed in this outage is a strong indicator that we can exceed that level again this year," Wedington said.

Palo Verde installed additional resources to help maintain public safety in the unlikely event that normal cooling systems and other backup systems were to fail. The modifications include an additional layer of backup power by positioning vital emergency equipment (generators, battery packs, pumps, air compressors and battery chargers) in multiple locations.

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