OSWEGO, NY –Operators at Exelon Generation's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station removed Unit 2 from service just after midnight on Sunday to begin a planned refueling outage. More than 1,700 highly-skilled local and regional union and tradespeople are in the area to support the outage. For several weeks, they will fill nearby hotels to capacity and bolster local businesses during a typically slower tourism period.
"As the business advocacy organization for the Oswego County region, we recognize and appreciate the significant impact that Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station's annual refueling outages have on our local economy," said Katie Toomey, executive director, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. "The additional revenue supports hundreds of small businesses and has a positive ripple effect on our regional economy."
Refueling outages allow workers to perform detailed inspections, equipment upgrades and maintenance that cannot be completed while the reactor is online. Workers will replace about one-third of the reactor's fuel and perform thousands of inspections and maintenance activities. Nine Mile Point Unit 1 will continue to generate electricity during the Unit 2 outage.
"We continue to invest in state-of-the art technology and upgrade plant equipment to keep Nine Mile Point running at peak efficiency," said Nine Mile Point Site Vice President, Peter Orphanos. "The outage work performed this year will ensure reliability throughout summer's peak demand period, when regional consumers need us most."
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is a dual-unit nuclear power facility located seven miles northeast of Oswego and 50 miles north of Syracuse. The station can produce more than 1,937 megawatts of carbon-free electricity – enough to power nearly two million homes.
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