CORDOVA, Ill. More than 2,000 highly trained technical workers will arrive at Quad Cities Generating Station this week to assist station personnel with the facility's scheduled Unit 1 refuel outage that began earlier today. This is the 22nd refueling outage for Unit 1.
"The outage makes a significant positive impact on our entire business year," said Tom Ray, co-owner of the Great River Mart and Drifters CafÃ© in Cordova. "The economy of this entire region benefits as many of the additional workers will stay in local hotel rooms, purchase goods and services and enjoy entertainment throughout the Quad Cities area."
The nuclear facility will spend approximately $2.7M with local vendors that provide materials or equipment in direct support of the outage.
Nuclear reactors must be shut down for refueling, which allows workers to perform the detailed safety inspections, equipment enhancement, maintenance work and equipment upgrades that cannot be completed while the unit is operating. About one-third of the nuclear fuel will be replaced during the outage.
"The continued safe and reliable operation of this facility is always our top priority," said Tim Hanley, Quad Cities Station site vice president. "Refueling outages are critical to assuring plant safety and long-term operation."
The unit completed a site record of 634 days of continuous operation before being removed from service. Each of the two reactors at Quad Cities Station is refueled on a staggered schedule. As one refuel outage begins, station engineering experts start the detailed planning process for the unit's next refueling outage.
Quad Cities Unit 2 will continue to generate electricity during the Unit 1 outage. Quad Cities Generating Station is located approximately 3 miles north of Cordova in Rock Island County. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity around the clock for more than 1 million homes.