FPL Fla, Turkey Pt reactors shut due to power outage

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Both 693-megawatt units of FPL Group Inc's FPL.N Turkey Point power plant in Florida shut due to the loss of off-site power, a spokeswoman for the plant said Tuesday.

She could not comment on reports of widespread outages in the Miami area, noting only that the nuclear units lost power.

Officials at FPL were not immediately available for comment, and their Web site was not operating.

Officials at the Florida Public Service Commission said they had to look into the outages.

CNN reported that eight power plants in South Florida in the Miami area were out of service.

The 2,196 MW Turkey Point station is located in Florida City in Miami-Dade County, about 25 miles south of Miami.

There are several units at Turkey Point: the 398 MW oil/natural gas-fired Unit 1, the 400 MW oil/gas-fired Unit 2, two 693 MW nuclear units, 3 and 4, the 1,150 MW combined-cycle gas-fired Unit 5, and a handful of 2 MW and 3 MW oil-fired turbines.

One MW powers about 300 homes in Florida.

Unit 1 entered service in 1967, Unit 2 in 1968, Unit 3 in 1972, Unit 4 in 1973 and Unit 5 in 2007.

FPL, of Juno Beach, Florida, owns and operates more than 31,000 MW of generating capacity across the United States, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to more than 4.4 million customers in Florida. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)