Pottstown - Operators returned Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 to full power on Monday, April 22, at approximately 11:40 p.m., marking a successful conclusion of the station's spring refueling outage that began March 25.
During the scheduled biennial outage, workers replaced nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel and performed thousands of inspections, equipment upgrades and maintenance activities, many of which cannot be performed while the unit is on line. These activities will enhance the facility's operational strength and ensure Limerick's ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity for another two-year operating cycle.
"It takes a great deal of skill, coordination and hard work to execute a refueling outage successfully," said Tom Dougherty, Limerick site vice president. "I'm proud of our highly trained workers for demonstrating their commitment to safety and thankful to our neighbors for their continued support."
An additional 2,000 workers, many from local union halls, supported the Limerick team during this year's outage, providing a significant boost to the local economy. Next year's Unit 1 refueling outage will bring a similar number of high-paying jobs and economic benefits to the region.
Limerick Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage. Limerick Generating Station is located 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity for approximately two million homes.