Cordova, Ill. (May 24, 2009) - Quad Cities Generating Station Unit 1 returned to service this morning, following the completion of a planned refueling and maintenance outage.
Employees and supplemental workers performed more than 10,000 inspection and maintenance activities on various components of the plant. Many of the activities performed during the shutdown cannot be performed while the unit is running and all are designed to ensure the unit's continued safe, reliable production of electricity that emits virtually no greenhouse gasses.
"The Quad Cities team completed a great deal of work during this outage, always keeping safety as top priority," said Quad Cities Station Site Vice President Tim Tulon. "We have invested over $20 million in projects during the outage, and the work completed will help us continue to provide reliable low-carbon electricity to the region."
"The Quad Cities team is also very appreciative of our local neighbors who have dealt with the increase in traffic at our site over the past few weeks," added Tulon. "We once again took extra precautions during this outage, including adding traffic control officers to ensure traffic impact to local residents and those people travelling Route 84 was minimized during the outage period."
More than 1,800 additional workers were on-site to support the outage, which began on April 27. The outage provides temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to Quad Cities from outside the area.
These temporary workers bring with them a need for food, lodging, and supplies. "The outage provides us with an incredible economic increase in our business," said Stephanie Ray, owner of the Great River Mart in Cordova, Ill. "We see in a tremendous increase in every aspect of our business during the outage from gas sales to food and other goods. We love the outage time!"
Quad Cities Generating Station is located in Rock Island County, five miles north of Cordova, IL. With both units at full power, the station can produce more than 1700 net megawatts of electricity, which is enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million homes.