Unexpected shutdown reported at US nuclear plant

An energy company says it`s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly.

Updated: Dec 17, 2012, 10:12 AM IST

Berwick (US): An energy company says it`s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly.

PPL Corp says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and stable.

In a statement, Allentown-based PPL says the shutdown occurred during routine testing of a valve on the unit`s main turbine system.

The company says the plant`s other reactor is operating normally.

The Susquehanna plant is owned jointly by PPL and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc.

PTI