MARSEILLES, Ill. (Feb. 14, 2011) - More than $2 million is being spent with local vendors in support of the LaSalle County Generating Station Unit 2 scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began at 12:01 a.m. today.
During the outage, the station will employ the talents and expertise of approximately 2,100 additional workers. About 1,100 of the skilled workers are coming from local union halls, while others are from nearby Exelon Nuclear sites and specialty vendors who travel to the area for the outage.
"The additional support from our temporary workers and local vendors are a tremendous help to the station and our employees during the outage," said LaSalle Station Site Vice President Dave Rhoades. "The work performed during the outage will enhance the station's ability to provide reliable, carbon-free electricity for many years to come."
In addition to replacing about one-third of the reactor's fuel, workers will perform more than 13,500 inspections and maintenance activities on a variety of plant components and systems. Many of the activities performed during the maintenance outage cannot be done while the unit is operating.
LaSalle Station is spending approximately $2 million with local vendors on rental equipment, construction contractors and specialty services to support the outage.
LaSalle Unit 1 will continue to supply electricity to the area while Unit 2 is offline.
LaSalle Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces 2,286 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.