May 08, 2010
Byron Station Workers Complete Unit 2 Refueling Outage
Both cooling towers are operating again
Byron, Illinois – Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station returned Unit 2 to the electrical grid Saturday, ending a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began April 19.
“The safe completion of work by our Exelon employees and contract crews will ensure the continued safe, reliable production of environmentally-friendly electricity,” said site vice president Dan Enright. “This was a complex outage and I appreciate the many people who worked diligently to return this unit to service.”
In addition to refueling the reactor, workers performed extensive inspections, testing and maintenance on a wide range of components and equipment on Unit 2.
“I also thank the local communities for their patience as the number of outage workers increased,” said Enright. “While we recognize the positive economic impact this temporary workforce brings to the local area, we know that it can disrupt the normal flow of traffic at restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations.”
Byron Unit 1 operated at 100% power during the Unit 2 outage.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Illinois, about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately $17 billion in annual revenues. 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 486,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.