Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant achieves first 120% extended power uprate in U.S.

WILMINGTON, N.C., May 11, 2004 — Following the recent completion of an extended power uprate project at Brunswick Unit 1, near Southport, N.C., Progress Energy became the first utility in the United States to achieve 120% of its original licensed thermal power at a boiling water reactor (BWR) nuclear power plant.

The uprate project, which has added more than 100 megawatts of generation capability to Unit 1, was a three and a half-year effort involving Progress Energy, GE Energy’s Nuclear business, and multiple vendors. GE, the original equipment manufacturer for the Brunswick plant, provided the licensing analysis and worked with Progress Energy on the Safety Analysis Report submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to obtain the license to operate at a 120% power uprate level.

Along with the safety report, major and minor plant upgrades were performed to increase the reliability of the plant equipment and systems. This work included on-site replacement of the main transformers, and maintenance and upgrades for the main turbine-generator, isophase bus duct cooling, moisture-separator reheaters, turbine-driven feedpumps, condensate pumps and motors, and feedwater heaters.

“The success of this milestone project for the U.S. nuclear industry is the result of a great deal of teamwork and planning,” said Andy White, President and CEO of GE Energy’s nuclear business. “We are very pleased that GE’s technology and services were selected to support this effort.”

The Brunswick plant is a two-reactor facility. The first phase of the extended power uprate for Unit 1 was completed in June 2002 and added 52 megawatts of generation capability. Brunswick Unit 2 is also proceeding with an extended power uprate, with one phase completed and the remaining 120% power level scheduled for April 2005.

With a significant contribution from the extended power uprates, the Brunswick facility generated more than 14.7 million megawatt-hours (MWH) of electricity in 2003, a new record for the plant that began commercial operation 29 years ago. Progress Energy’s entire fleet of nuclear-powered generating plants performed at record levels during 2003, producing approximately 35 million MWH or about 36 percent of the company’s total electricity output.

About Progress Energy

Progress Energy (NYSE:PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 250 diversified energy company with more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues. For more information about Progress Energy, visit the company’s web site at http://www.progress-energy.com

About GE Energy

GE Energy (www.gepower.com) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2003 revenues of nearly $18.5 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.

GE Energy’s nuclear business, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, develops advanced light water reactors and provides a wide array of technology-based products and services to help owners of both boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors safely operate and maintain their facilities with greater efficiency and output.

For more information, contact:

Dennis Murphy
GE Energy
+1 678 844 6948
dennis.murphy@ps.ge.com

Ken Darling
Masto Public Relations
+1 518 786 6488
kenneth.darling@ps.ge.com

Howard Masto
Masto Public Relations
+1 518 786 6488
howard.masto@ps.ge.com

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