CORDOVA, Ill. (April 27, 2009) - Quad Cities Generating Station began its planned Unit 1 refueling and maintenance outage shortly after midnight today, according to the company.
"Ensuring the safe completion of work performed during the outage is our first priority," said Quad Cities Station Site Vice President Tim Tulon. "Our employees have been preparing for this outage for more than a year, and we are ready to execute our plan safely and efficiently."
The outage, which is performed approximately every two years, allows workers to perform more than 10,000 planned inspection and maintenance activities on a variety of plant components and systems that will ensure the unit's continued safe, reliable production of low-carbon electricity. In addition, Quad Cities' fuel management experts will replace about one-third of the reactor's fuel.
Many of the activities taking place during the maintenance outage cannot be performed while the unit is operating.
To support this effort, the station will use the talents and expertise of approximately 1,800 additional workers, which benefits the local economy by providing temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to Quad Cities from outside the area.
Quad Cities Unit 2 will continue to supply electricity to the region.
Quad Cities Generating Station is located in Rock Island County, five miles north of Cordova, IL. With both units at full power, the station can produce more than 1700 net megawatts of electricity, which is enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million homes.