Operators at Dresden Generating Station returned Unit 2 to full power operation today following a 19-day refueling and maintenance outage.
During the outage, which began on Nov. 2, more than 850 Dresden employees worked side-by-side with about 1,200 supplemental workers to replace approximately one-third of the reactor’s fuel and conduct numerous tests, inspections and maintenance activities that cannot be done while the unit is operating.
Replacing and updating equipment on an ongoing basis ensures the plant uses the most up-to-date technology.
““Our ability to provide the region around-the-clock electricity is due to the work completed during this refuel,” said Site Vice President Shane Marik. “Refueling outages represent Exelon’s continued investment in the future of Dresden Station. The work performed during the outage will enable Unit 2 to continue providing safe, reliable, carbon-free electricity for Exelon’s customers”
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station’s two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 1,800 megawatts at full power – enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 1.2 million typical homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.
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