June 02, 2010
Three Power Transformers Travelling to Peach Bottom Next Week, Part of Exelon's $87 Million Plan for Continued Electricity Reliability
Exelon representatives working closely with state, local officials to notify public, minimize traffic disruptions along nightime route from Havre de Grace to Delta, Pa.
Delta, Pennsylvania- Next week Exelon will be working closely with state and local officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania to safely and effectively transport three main power transformers from Havre de Grace, Md. to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta, Pa. The project is part of Exelon’s $87 million plan to replace all six of Peach Bottom’s main power transformers and improve long-term service.
The transformers were recently shipped from Korea to Philadelphia and barged to Havre de Grace. Each unit weighs approximately 481,000 lbs. and stands 35 feet high and 28 feet wide. On June 7, Hake Rigging Company will begin transporting the transformers along a predetermined route through Harford and southern York County. The transporters will move approximately three to five miles per hour and most of the travel will take place at night to avoid as many traffic problems as possible. The units are scheduled to arrive at Peach Bottom on Thursday, June 10.
For the past 6 months, Exelon has been working with Hake Rigging as well as state and local school, emergency response and transportation officials to coordinate the effort. Detours and road closures will be clearly marked in advance and a coordinated outreach plan was designed to notify residents and businesses along the travel route. Exelon has also created a 24-hour “Transport Tracker” hotline to provide travelers with up to date information on the transformer’s location. The number is 717-456-4932.
“This is one the many ways that Exelon is investing in the future of Peach Bottom and our ability to provide safe and reliable power for two million customers,” said Peach Bottom Site Vice President Tom Dougherty. “I am grateful to the many state and local officials from Maryland and Pennsylvania who have been working closely with us to make this trip as safe and event-free as possible.”
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.