BRACEVILLE, Ill. (March 30, 2009) - Operators safely shut down Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at 11:03 p.m. Sunday night.
The station reached its reliability goals during the unit's most recent run and personnel will now carry out a safe refuel outage that will ensure the unit's continued performance.
"The entire Braidwood team is responsible for the safe and successful run of Unit 1 between refueling outages," said Braidwood Site Vice President Bryan Hanson. "And these same individuals will perform work during the current refueling outage that ensures another 18 months of producing safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity."
During the shutdown, workers will perform more than 9,500 inspections and maintenance activities on a variety of plant components and systems. This includes replacing about one-third of the reactor's fuel. Many of the activities performed during the shutdown cannot be performed while the unit is running.
To support this effort, the station will use the talents and expertise of approximately 1,875 additional workers, which benefits the local economy by providing temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to Braidwood from outside the area.
Braidwood Unit 2 will continue to supply electricity during the Unit 1 shutdown.
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 two million homes.