FORKED RIVER, N.J. - Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station removed the generator from service at midnight today to begin a planned refueling outage. During the outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers will perform maintenance activities and replace nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another two-year cycle.
To support this work, the station will use the talents and expertise of more than 1,000 additional workers, many of whom travel to Oyster Creek from outside the area. For several weeks preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.
"This refueling outage represents Exelon's commitment to the safe, reliable operation of Oyster Creek through 2019," said Site Vice President Garey L. Stathes. "Our workforce nearly triples with experts and professionals who all share our organization's commitment to safety and environmental stewardship."
During the outage, technicians will also complete testing, maintenance and modifications that can only be done when the station is not generating electricity.
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, are responsible for more than $69 million injected directly into New Jersey's economy.