Pottstown, Pennsylvania - Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station Unit 1 resumed producing electricity on April 13 at 09:20 AM EDT after safely completing a 22-day refueling and maintenance outage.
Operators took Unit 1 off-line on March 22 to allow technicians, engineers, specialists and other workers to refuel the reactor and safely perform extensive inspections, tests, maintenance and modifications on a variety of components and equipment.
"The refueling outage was completed safely and event-free," said Limerick Site Vice President Chris Mudrick. "We replaced one-third of the reactor's fuel and performed preventive and corrective maintenance activities on plant equipment to ensure reliable operations for the upcoming 24-month operating cycle."
The start of the outage marked the completion of a successful run of 727 days for Unit 1 and set a new continuous run record at Limerick. This was the second longest continuous run for a boiling water reactor in the United States.
To support the refueling effort, the station used the talents and expertise of nearly 1,900 additional workers, many of whom come from local union halls, or traveled to Limerick from outside the area providing a temporary benefit for the local economy.
Limerick Unit 2 continued to generate electricity during the Unit 1 refueling and maintenance outage. Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity for 2 million homes.