August 30, 2012
Dresden Unit 2 Taken Offline for Maintenance
Operators at Exelon's Dresden Generating Station took Unit 2 offline for condenser maintenance
MORRIS, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2012) — Operators at Exelon’s Dresden Generating Station took Unit 2 offline at 1 p.m. CDT to perform maintenance work on the unit’s condenser.
The condenser converts leftover steam used to spin the turbine back into water. The water is reused to make more steam to power the turbine.
Specifically, station technical experts will work on small water tubes located within the condenser unit and will perform other maintenance activities while the unit is offline. Once the work is complete, the unit will be returned to service.
Dresden Unit 3 will continue to provide electricity to customers.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station’s two operating units can produce more than 1,700 megawatts, enough to power nearly 2 million average homes. 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.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).