Cordova, Ill - Station operators safely took Exelon Nuclear's Quad Cities Generating Station Unit 1 off-line shortly after midnight this morning for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Unit 1 completed 267 days of continuous operation, which is a site record for the unit.
During the outage, workers will perform approximately 13,000 extensive inspections and tests on a wide range of components and equipment in addition to refueling the reactor. This work includes the replacement of all three low-pressure turbines and casings. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be done while the unit is operating. All the work is designed to ensure the unit's safe and reliable production of electricity through its operating cycle.
During this outage, nearly 2,200 skilled workers from other Exelon sites, local union halls, and numerous communities and other states will be in the area, which provides a temporary benefit for the local economy.
"Based on past experience with refuel outages, Exelon Nuclear's work at Quad Cities Station will make a significant positive impact on the Quad Cities economy," said Joe Taylor, president/CEO of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Many of the 2,200 additional workers will rent hotel rooms, eat in restaurants and enjoy entertainment throughout the Quad Cities area. That tourism activity generates millions of dollars which allows local businesses - not just hospitality business but many local retail businesses -- to hire more people and to purchase additional goods and services for the benefit of us all."
Quad Cities Unit 2 will continue to generate electricity while Unit 1 is off-line. Quad Cities Generating Station is located approximately 125 miles west of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough electricity for more than 1 million homes.