Operators at Exelon Nuclear's Braidwood Generating Station returned Unit 1 to the electrical grid today at 1:47 a.m., completing a scheduled maintenance and refueling outage that began October 3.
"The Braidwood team completed a great deal of work during this outage, always keeping safety as our top priority," said Amir Shahkarami, site vice president of Braidwood Station. "The work completed will help us continue to provide safe, reliable electricity to the region."
Employees and supplemental workers performed more than 10,000 inspection and maintenance activities on various plant components during the time the unit was offline. Many of the activities performed during the refueling outage cannot be done while the unit is online.
More than 1,500 additional workers were on site to support the outage. The outage provides temporary employment opportunities for local trade professionals and others who travel to Braidwood from outside the region.
Braidwood Unit 2 operated at 100 percent power while Unit 1 was in its refueling outage.
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 net at full power - enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.