Operators removed Nine Mile Point Unit 1 from service early this morning for a planned refueling outage, Exelon said March 16.
While the unit is offline, skilled technicians will replace nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and perform thousands of inspections and maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years. Most of this work cannot be performed while the unit is online.
“This year’s refueling outage represents Exelon’s continued investment in the future of Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station,” said Site Vice President Peter Orphanos. “In addition to the thousands of safety inspections and maintenance tasks underway this year, we are upgrading a host of key components that will help the station run more efficiently and effectively.”
Nine Mile Point’s bi-annual Unit 1 refueling outage will bring an additional 1,300 highly trained technical workers to Oswego County. Many come back year after year to patronize area hotels, restaurants and businesses. The influx of outage workers helps support local businesses at a time when tourism is traditionally down.
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is 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 more than one million homes.