MORRIS, Ill. (Oct.17, 2011) - Operators safety took Dresden Generating Station Unit 2 offline at midnight Sunday, Oct. 16, for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.
"We have been preparing for this outage for over a year," said David Czufin, Dresden site vice president. "We're ready to implement our plan and perform the work that will help ensure that Unit 2 runs safely and reliably during its next two-year operating cycle."
In addition to replacing about one-third of the reactor's fuel, workers will perform more than 4,000 inspections and maintenance activities on hundreds of the facility's components. Much of this work cannot be done while the unit is operating.
Employees and supplemental workers will complete several upgrades to the facility that are all designed to enhance Unit 2's ability to provide reliable, 100 % carbon-free electricity for many years. These upgrades include installing new low-pressure turbine rotors and replacing and refurbishing valves, pumps, motors and other equipment.
During the outage, Dresden Station will employ the talents and expertise of approximately 1,600 additional workers. About 1,000 of them are skilled tradesmen and women from the local union halls, while others are skilled workers from nearby Exelon Nuclear facilities and specialty vendors who travel to the area for the outage. While working at Dresden, these supplemental workers contribute to the economy by staying at area hotels, eating at nearby restaurants and visiting other local businesses.
Dresden Unit 3 will continue to supply electricity to the area while Unit 2 is offline.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two operating units can produce more than 1,700 megawatts net of electricity. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.