April 13, 2009
Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 Exits Planned Refueling Outage
Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 resumed producing electricity for the regional grid on April 13 at 1:41 a.m. EDT after safely completing a 21-day refueling and maintenance shutdown.
Pottstown, PA (April 13, 2009) - Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 resumed producing electricity for the regional grid on April 13 at 1:41 a.m. EDT after safely completing a 21-day refueling and maintenance shutdown.
Operators shut down Unit 2 on March 23 to allow technicians, engineers, specialists and other workers to refuel the reactor and safely perform extensive inspections, tests, maintenance and modifications on a variety of components and equipment.
"This was an extensive refueling and maintenance outage for Limerick, and I’m proud that it was completed safely," said Limerick Site Vice President Chris Mudrick. "We replaced one-third of the reactor’s fuel and performed preventive maintenance activities on plant equipment to ensure safe and reliable operations during the upcoming 24-month operating cycle."
To support the refueling effort, the station used the talents and expertise of nearly 2,000 additional workers, many of whom come from local union halls, or traveled to Limerick from outside the area providing a temporary benefit for the local economy.
The shutdown completed a successful run of 402 days for Unit 2 and set a new record at Limerick for a dual unit continuous run of 363 days.
Limerick Unit 1 continued to generate electricity during the Unit 2 refueling and maintenance outage. Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough electricity for 2 million homes.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.