Cordova, Ill. (March 18, 2019) — Operators at Exelon Generation's Quad Cities Station removed the nuclear power plant's Unit 1 reactor from service today to begin a planned refueling outage. Work completed during the outage will help the station deliver reliable, carbon-free electricity to Illinois customers during the next two-year operating cycle.
To support the work, the station is using the talents and expertise of more than 1,800 additional workers, many of whom travel to the Quad Cities from outside the area for the outage, which provides a significant boost to the local economy.
"Exelon is a critical economic driver in the Quad Cities region," said Paul Rumler, president & CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. "The influx of jobs that occurs during Quad Cities Station's refueling outage is a welcomed economic boost to the region, not only in means of payroll wages, but also in dollars spent with our local hotels, restaurants and other businesses during the duration of the outage. The economic impact to our region is significant."
During the outage, workers will complete testing, maintenance and modifications that can only be done when the unit is not generating electricity.
"It is our goal here at Quad Cities Station to continue operating at world-class levels of safety and reliability," said Ken Ohr, site vice president. "The work completed during our refueling outages helps us ensure we meet that goal and also enables us to power a cleaner and brighter future for the communities we serve."
Quad Cities Generating Station is located approximately three miles north of Cordova, Ill. on Illinois Route 84 in Rock Island County. The station's two reactors can produce more than 1,900 megawatts of carbon-free electricity – enough to power more than a million homes and businesses.
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