March 06, 2013
LaSalle Station Completes Scheduled Refuel Outage
Operators returned LaSalle County Generating Station Unit 2 to full power today, marking the successful conclusion of the station’s 14th scheduled refueling outage until the next refuel outage in two years.
MARSEILLES, Ill. (March 6, 2013) —Operators returned LaSalle County Generating Station Unit 2 to full power today, marking the successful conclusion of the station’s 14th scheduled refueling outage until the next refuel outage in two years. LaSalle Station Unit 2 was taken off line on Monday, Feb. 11. The refuel outage was completed in 21 days.
During the outage, Exelon employees and highly skilled supplemental workers performed more than 11,000 activities, including extensive safety inspections and tests, along with numerous plant improvements.
Workers replaced one-third of the reactor’s fuel, performed preventive maintenance activities and performed walkdowns and inspections of valves and power supply systems that could be needed in response to an earthquake or flood. All the work and inspections are designed to enhance the facility’s operational strength and ensure LaSalle’s ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity for another two-year operating cycle.
"It takes a great deal of hard work from very talented and dedicated people to safely and successfully disassemble, inspect, test and reassemble one of our reactors to ensure that it continues to run at peak performance,” said Pete Karaba, LaSalle Station site vice president.
More than 1,500 skilled workers from local union halls and technical experts from other Exelon Generation facilities supported LaSalle employees during the refueling outage.
LaSalle Unit 1 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 2 outage. LaSalle Generating Station is located about 75 miles southwest of Chicago near Marseilles, Ill. At full power, the facility’s two generating units produce more than 2,200 megawatts around the clock, enough electricity for 2.3 million typical homes.
Exelon Corporation is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, 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 more than 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).