POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Operators safely took Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 off-line for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage shortly after midnight EDT Monday, March 28.
"During this refueling outage we will be replacing three main power transformers and making a significant investment for the future of Limerick Generating Station," said Bill Maguire, Limerick site vice president. "Our team has been preparing for this outage for more than a year and we are now ready to execute our plan safely and efficiently. A successful refueling outage will help us to safely and reliably operate the unit during the next two years."
Workers will perform approximately 12,000 activities on a variety of plant components and systems. This includes replacing approximately a third of the reactor's fuel and performing a series of extensive inspections. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be performed while the plant is running, and all are designed to ensure the safe and reliable production of carbon-free electricity through the 24-month operating cycle.
To support this effort, the station will utilize the talents and expertise of close to 1,900 additional workers. These men and women are skilled workers from other Exelon sites, local union halls, travelers from outside the area and specialized vendors. They all provide a temporary benefit for the local economy.
Limerick Unit 1 will continue to generate electricity during the Unit 2 outage. Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity for 2 million homes.