Peach Bottom Begins Planned Refueling Outage
More than 2,500 additional workers boost local economy while performing state-of-the-art upgrades and maintenance
Delta, Pa. - Operators at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station removed Unit 3 from service at 12:01 a.m. this morning to begin a planned refueling outage. During the outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers will perform maintenance activities and replace nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another two-year cycle.
During the outage, Peach Bottom will continue a planned upgrade of Unit 3 which will allow the station to generate additional power, pending approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Other major projects include upgrades to safety and electricity generation equipment.
To support this refueling outage, the station will utilize the talents and expertise of more than 2,500 additional workers, many of whom travel to Peach Bottom from outside the area. “We will upgrade and enhance our equipment and technology this outage through more than 1,800 activities, which we could not accomplish without the support of thousands of supplemental workers,” said Site Vice President Mike Massaro. “We appreciate the support of our neighbors as we work tirelessly to continually improve Peach Bottom for the long term.”
Peach Bottom is home to two boiling water reactors that went online in 1974 and jointly produce over 2,200 megawatts of electricity, powering approximately two million homes.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) 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 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).