September 10, 2012
Peach Bottom Begins Refueling Outage
State of the art equipment upgrades and preventive maintenance tasks underway,
DELTA, PA — Operators at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station removed Unit 2 from service at 8:00 p.m. yesterday 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.
To support this work, the station will utilize the talents and expertise of more than 2,200 additional workers, many of whom travel to Peach Bottom from outside the area. For several months preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.
“This is the largest number of supplemental workers we’ve had supporting an outage in recent years,” said Site Vice President Garey Stathes. “We are proud of our history of safe and efficient refueling outages, and it wouldn’t be possible without support from our neighbors in York, Lancaster and Harford County.”
During the outage, technicians will also replace Peach Bottom’s Unit 2 low pressure turbines with new, high-efficiency components. When this project is complete, Unit 2 is expected to generate an additional 30 megawatts. The turbines on Unit 3 were replaced during last year’s outage.
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 approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, 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).