MARSEILLES, III. (Feb. 2, 2015) - More than 2,000 workers arrived at LaSalle
County Generating Station today to work on the Unit 2 refueling outage that began
early this morning.
The work completed by the more than 1,400 supplemental workers and 800
permanent employees will ensure LaSalle Station's ability to provide reliable power
through the rest of the cold winter, the hottest part of summer and all the days in
"LaSalle Station is proud to be one of six nuclear power plants in Illinois that provide
half of the state's energy," said Site Vice President Pete Karaba. "Supplemental
employees come back to our station year after year to work our outages and help us
contribute to safe, carbon-free electricity generation."
Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be performed while Unit 2
is operating. All of the activities are designed to enhance the unit's ability to provide
reliable electricity for years to come.
"When 1,400 supplemental workers come to Exelon's LaSalle Station for the refuel
outage it means additional business for our community," said Executive Director of
the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Boyd Palmer. "These additional workers
frequent local restaurants, retail stores and stay at our area hotels. It is a win-win for
both parties, and definitely a boost to the area's local economy."
In 2014, LaSalle Station directly and indirectly pumped nearly $1 billion into the
LaSalle has two reactors, each of which is refueled once every 24 months. One-third
of the unit's fuel will be replaced and more than 10,000 comprehensive maintenance
and testing activities will be performed. LaSalle Unit 1 will continue to generate
electricity during the Unit 2 outage.
LaSalle Station is about 75 miles southwest of Chicago near Marseilles, Ill. At full
power, the facility's two generating units produce more than 2,200 megawatts of
carbon free electricity, enough to power 2.3 million typical American homes.