Why was the refueling outage necessary?
Limerick Generating Station’s clean and reliable power is vital to the region’s hospitals and health care facilities; federal, state and local response centers and more than a million homes and essential businesses as they respond to the COVID -19 pandemic. The station’s spring refueling outage was critical to ensuring that power continues to be available to the region as the weather becomes warmer and electricity demand increases.
We put strict procedures in place to keep the public, our employees and contractors safe during the outage, and we shared updates with federal, state and county officials. As part of Limerick’s comprehensive COVID-19 safety precautions, all workers were required to pass a symptom screening and body temperature check prior to entry every shift. We also required social distancing, remote work where possible, frequent hand washing, and increased facility cleaning and disinfection.
The Federal Government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consider Exelon Generation and its workers “critical infrastructure” and we are working tirelessly to protect our employees and communities while keeping the lights on for millions of life-sustaining businesses.
Why not wait?
Limerick Generating Station Unit 1 had to be refueled this spring because, just like your car needs gas, the reactor needed new fuel to keep running. If the plant hadn’t been refueled now, it would have run out of fuel, and we would have been required to shut it down, eliminating a key source of electricity for millions of hospitals, homes and businesses.
The planned work for this outage included required tests and inspections of critical safety systems. These tests and inspections are required by regulatory agencies because of their safety significance and most can only be performed during an outage. We also had to replace critical instruments and systems that have a finite life span.
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