Published: Jul 03, 2012 3:51 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - A $10 million transformer weighing more than half a million pounds has arrived at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant as part of the plant's upgrades.
    
The "extra high voltage" transformer built by Siemens Energy travelled 7,200 miles from Europe to South Florida. The transformer is actually a spare to be used if one of the plant's two existing transformers failed.
    
The plant's $1 billion makeover is scheduled to finish in 2013. Nearly 6,000 pipes, valves, generators, fans, turbines and other components are being replaced. When the upgrade is finished, Turkey Point's two nuclear units will be able to power about 270,000 more homes.
    
Florida Power & Light project manager Cara Smith tells The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/OXE84d ) that the upgrades will make the plant more efficient.

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