Operators returned Dresden Unit 2 to full power Nov. 20, concluding the scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began Oct. 30. More than 1,500 supplemental workers were on site for several weeks to support the outage, generating a significant economic boost for local businesses.
During the outage, technicians used state-of-the-art technology to upgrade plant equipment to keep the facility generating clean, reliable electricity for another two-year operating cycle. Workers performed more than 9,500 detailed inspections, maintenance activities and equipment upgrades.
Exelon Generation invests millions each year to upgrade its plants, installing new equipment and enhancing components to make the facilities even safer and more efficient. This year’s outage included significant work on the turbine, condenser, and reactor support systems. Technicians also replaced about one-third of the reactor’s fuel.
“The professionals joining us for this refueling outage all share our commitment to safety and operational excellence,” said Dresden Site Vice President Pete Karaba. “Their work will help us continue non-stop operation during the cold winter months ahead, and their presence has given local merchants a nice boost as the holidays arrive.”