OSWEGO, NY — Operators at Exelon Generation's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station returned Unit 2 to full power earlier today following a planned refueling and maintenance outage that began on April 16. The unit reconnected to the power grid on May 15 at 7:52 a.m. and reached full power on May 18 at 5:00 p.m.
During the outage, more than 1,700 contract workers joined Nine Mile Point employees to perform thousands of inspections, maintenance activities and equipment upgrades to ensure continued efficiency and reliability. The maintenance and inspections performed during the outage will help ensure reliability during the peak summer months ahead.
The refueling outage also provided a major economic boost to the local economy by generating millions of dollars in wages and commerce across Oswego County and surrounding areas.
"This year's successful spring outage is a testament to the craftsmanship of our employees and skilled contractors from the Oswego County area and beyond," said Pete Orphanos, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station site vice president. "We continue to invest in state-of-the art technology and upgrade plant equipment to keep Nine Mile Point running at peak efficiency when regional consumers need us the most."
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is a dual-unit nuclear power facility located seven miles northeast of Oswego and 50 miles north of Syracuse. The station can produce more than 1,937 megawatts of carbon-free electricity – enough to power nearly two million homes.
Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), is one of the largest, most efficient clean energy producers in the U.S., with a generating capacity of more than 32,700 megawatts. Exelon Generation operates the largest U.S. fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants with 20,300 megawatts of capacity from 23 reactors at 14 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Exelon Generation also operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 17 states with more than 12,400 megawatts. Exelon Generation has an industry-leading safety record and is an active partner and economic engine in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help towns and regions grow. Follow Exelon Generation on Twitter @ExelonGen, view the Exelon Generation YouTube channel, and visit http://www.exeloncorp.com/companies/exelon-generation.