Workers on Sunday returned Exelon's Limerick Generating Station Unit 1 to full power after a spring refueling outage, according to a news release from the company.
More than 2,000 workers from local union halls and other Exelon Nuclear facilities supported Limerick employees during the refueling outage.
The workers performed more than 13,000 activities, including "state-of-the-art equipment upgrades, extensive safety inspections and tests, and numerous plant improvements," the release states.
Limerick Unit 1 was taken offline on February 20. At that time, workers replaced a third of the reactor’s fuel and performed preventive maintenance activities designed to "enhance the facility’s operational strength and ensure Limerick’s ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity for another two-year operating cycle," the release states.
"Each spring, we meticulously disassemble, inspect, test and reassemble one of our twin reactors to ensure that it continues to run safely at peak performance,” said Bill Maguire, Limerick site vice president, via the release. “Each year, Exelon invests millions to replace spent fuel, upgrade plant equipment and enhance safety at the station.”
Limerick Unit 2 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 1 outage.
From the company:
Limerick Generating Station is located 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity for approximately two million homes.
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