PSEG Nuclear, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) said that the Salem 1 nuclear reactor has begun normal operations, following a scheduled refueling outage.

Salem Nuclear Power Plant is located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, New Jersey, US and is owned by PSEG Nuclear and Exelon Generation.

PSEG Nuclear plant operator spokesman Joe Delmar was quoted by as saying that the nuclear plant was shut down for almost six weeks to carry out the refueling work and has now started generating and feeding electricity into the regional power grid.

During the outage, over 22,000 activities were performed at the reactor, including the replacement of one third of 193 fuel assemblies in the reactor’s core.

The company said that this was the plant’s 22nd refueling outage since the reactor went into service in December 1976.

PSEG Nuclear’s other two reactors Salem 2 and Hope Creek were operating at full capacity during the outage.

All the three units together can produce enough electricity to power three million homes.