October 11, 2011
Byron Station Workers Complete Unit 2 Refueling Outage
Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station returned Unit 2 to the electrical grid Monday night, ending a scheduled refueling outage that began last month.
BYRON, Ill. – Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station returned Unit 2 to the electrical grid Monday night, ending a scheduled refueling outage that began last month.
“Our workforce safely completed a large amount of work that will ensure the safe, reliable production of environmentally-friendly electricity for the next operating cycle,” said site vice president Tim Tulon. “I applaud the Exelon team and the contract crew for their quality performance and commitment to safety.”
In addition to refueling the reactor, workers performed extensive inspections, testing and maintenance on a wide range of components and equipment.
“I thank the local communities for their patience with any disruption in the normal flow of traffic in the area,” Tulon said, “though the outage was a great opportunity for many workers to get weeks or even months of employment at a time when the economy is lacking in jobs.”
Byron Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $18 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 490,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.