FORKED RIVER, N.J. - The Oyster Creek Generating Station resumed full-power operations at 4:59 p.m. today, successfully completing a planned refueling and maintenance outage, which began October 22.
During the outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers performed thousands of inspections and maintenance activities and replaced nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another two-year cycle.
To support this work, the station used the talents and expertise of more than 1,000 additional workers, many of whom traveled to Oyster Creek from outside the area. For several months preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.
"This was a successful outage that positions our station for a safe, reliable future," said Site Vice President Mike Massaro. "In spite of an historic super-storm as well as a nor'easter, our employees and outage guests worked safely, professionally and with great dedication to assure that Oyster Creek remains a continued strong viable source of power for our region."
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, are responsible for more $96 million injected directly into New Jersey's economy.