— Operators removed R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant from service just after midnight on Monday to begin the station’s planned refueling outage. The shutdown ended a successful 18-month operating cycle that delivered industry-leading levels of safety and reliability.
During the refueling outage, Exelon employees and more than 700 supplemental workers will perform maintenance activities, tests and safety inspections on a variety of plant components and systems. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the unit is online.
“The safe, reliable operation of Ginna is always our top priority,” said Site Vice President Joe Pacher. “In addition to replacing nearly one third of the reactor’s fuel, outage specialists will be inspecting, enhancing and testing plant equipment. To complete this important work, more than 700 additional nuclear professionals will be on-site, providing a crucial boost to the upstate economy before the winter season.”
Ginna’s 580 megawatts of electricity powers more than 500,000 homes and businesses with no greenhouse gas emissions. Ginna’s clean power offsets more than two million tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking almost 400,000 cars off the road.
R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is located on 426 acres along the south shores of Lake Ontario in Ontario, NY, about 20 miles northeast of Rochester and 53 miles southwest of Exelon's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.