MORRIS, Ill. (June 5, 2014) -Workers at Dresden Station will move a 400-ton transformer from a barge on the Illinois River to the east side of the plant property, resulting in traffic restrictions along some public roads. The transformer increases voltage produced in the plant and places it on the electrical grid.
The transformer move will take place Friday, June 6. It will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
Following is the route of the move.
• From the Illinois River south on Lock Road to Collins Road.
• Southeast on Collins Road continuing south on Dresden Road to Lorenzo Road.
• East on Lorenzo Road to Cottage Road.
• North and then west on Cottage Road to County Line Road.
• North on County Line Road and west onto the Dresden Station property.
Traffic will be restricted along the route as vehicles will not be able to move around the transformer due to the size of the 80-foot specially-designed transport trailer.
Exelon Nuclear has obtained all the proper permits and will comply with all requirements associated with moving this large and heavy piece of equipment.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 1,800 megawatts at full power - enough carbon free electricity to power more than 1.2 million typical homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.