LUSBY, MD - Operators removed Calvert Cliffs Unit 2 from service early this morning for a planned refueling outage. While the unit is offline, technicians will replace nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel and perform thousands of tests and preventive maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years. Most of this work cannot be performed while the unit is online.
"This year's refueling outage represents Exelon's continued investment in the future of safe and reliable operations at Calvert Cliffs," said Site Vice President George Gellrich. "In addition to the thousands of safety inspections and preventative maintenance tasks underway this year, we are upgrading a host of key components that will help the station run more efficiently and effectively for many years to come."
Calvert's bi-annual Unit 2 refueling outage will bring an additional 1,500 highly trained technical workers to Southern Maryland. Many come back year after year to patronize area hotels, restaurants and businesses. The influx of outage workers helps support local businesses at a time when tourism is traditionally down.
Calvert Cliffs is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County and is Maryland's only nuclear energy facility. The station is home to two pressurized water reactors capable of generating 1,768 megawatts combined. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in 1975 and 1977, respectively.