March 06, 2010
LaSalle Station Operators Safely Complete Unit 1 Refueling Outage
Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s LaSalle County Generating Station returned Unit 1 to the electrical grid today, completing a scheduled maintenance and refueling outage that began February 8.
Marseilles, Illinois — Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s LaSalle County Generating Station returned Unit 1 to the electrical grid today, completing a scheduled maintenance and refueling outage that began February 8.
Employees and supplemental workers performed more than 10,000 inspection and maintenance activities on various plant components. Many of the activities performed during the refueling outage cannot be performed while the unit is running. All activities are designed to ensure the unit’s continued safe, reliable production of electricity that emits virtually no greenhouse gases.
“The LaSalle team completed a great deal of work during this outage, always keeping safety as our top priority,” said David Wozniak, site vice president, LaSalle Station. “The work completed will help us continue to provide safe, reliable electricity to the region.”
More than 1,700 additional workers were on-site to support the outage. The outage provides temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to LaSalle from outside the area.
LaSalle Unit 2 operated at 100% power during the Unit 1 refueling outage.
LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately $17 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.