BRACEVILLE, Ill. (April 20, 2009) - Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 returned to service on Sunday, April 19 at 7:43 p.m. (CST) following the completion of a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.
Employees and supplemental workers performed more than 9,500 inspection and maintenance activities on various components of the plant. Many of the activities performed during the shutdown cannot be performed while the unit is running and all are designed to ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of the plant.
"The Braidwood employees and supplemental workers completed a great deal of work and did so with safety as a top priority," said Braidwood Station Site Vice President Bryan Hanson. "Returning the unit to service provides more than 1 million customers with low-carbon electricity that emits virtually no greenhouse gases."
"The Braidwood team is also very appreciative of our local neighbors who have dealt with the increase in traffic at our site over the past few weeks."
More than 1,800 additional workers were on-site to support the outage, which began on March 30. The outage provides temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to Braidwood from outside the area.
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power - enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.