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LaSalle Station Anticipates Electrical Transformer Delivery

388-ton equipment will travel through Seneca, Brookfield Township next Monday, causing six-hour road closure



MARSEILLES, Ill. -- Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle Station will be receiving a special delivery that will help ensure that the station continues to provide safe and reliable power to customers for years to come. 

A 388-ton electrical transformer that has traveled from ABB Corp. in Cordoba, Spain via ocean ship and river barge will arrive at the Seneca Bridge Thursday, Nov. 4. The transformer will remain there until Monday, Nov. 8, when a specialty contractor of Exelon Nuclear will move the equipment to a land transporter and will deliver it to the station. Weather pending, the process is expected to take approximately six hours on Monday.

To ensure a safe delivery, the following roads will be closed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8:
• Route 170, from the Seneca Bridge to Grand Ridge Road
• Grand Ridge Road, from Route 170 to the station

These roads will re-open once the transformer arrives at LaSalle Station.

"We are working with the contractor to take every precaution necessary to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of the transformer," said LaSalle Station Site Vice President Dave Rhoades. "We have been working with the Village of Seneca and Brookfield Township to ensure that the move proceeds smoothly. We understand that this move will cause some inconveniences for local residents on Monday and appreciate everyone's patience."

This main power transformer is the first of four that will be delivered to the station, with two more coming in 2011 and another in 2012. Replacing these transformers is part of LaSalle Station's commitment to upgrade critical plant equipment on an ongoing basis to ensure the long-term reliability of plant operations.

LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.