BYRON, Ill. - Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 2 to full power Saturday afternoon, marking the end of the unit's 17th scheduled refueling outage that began April 8.
Exelon employees and approximately 1,700 highly skilled contractors performed more than 12,000 carefully choreographed activities during the outage. These included extensive safety inspections and tests, along with plant improvements. The work and inspections are designed to improve Byron Station's operational strength, enhance multiple layers of safety and ensure the facility's ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity through the unit's next 18-month operating cycle.
"Our team put a great amount of time and hard work into planning and executing a safe and successful refueling outage," said Site Vice President Russ Kearney, the station's senior executive.
"I want to thank the local residents for being patient with the extra traffic and thank the local businesses - those who helped with the outage and those who provided services for our employees."
Among the projects completed was a refurbishment of the internal structure of the Unit 2 cooling tower. Improvements will allow the tower to more efficiently cool water for use in the electrical generation process.
Byron Station Unit 1 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 2 outage.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford. With both units at full power, the site produces almost 2,300 megawatts, enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.