Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said April 14 that operators have returned the Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear unit in Oswego County, N.Y., to full power after completion of a refueling and maintenance outage that started March 16.
While the unit was offline, technicians replaced nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and completed thousands of inspections and maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two-year operating cycle. Most of this work could not be performed while the unit was online.
Spring is a traditional time for nuclear plant refueling outages. As of early April 14, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showed that 17 of the nation’s 99 nuclear reactors were listed at zero generation.
Nine Mile Point’s biennial refueling outages for each unit bring an additional 1,300 trained technical workers to Oswego County during spring. The 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 MW of carbon-free electricity.
Nine Mile Point 1 is the smaller of the two boiling water reactor (BWR) units.
In 2014, Exelon assumed operational control of five Northeast units held by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG). The CENG units are jointly owned by Exelon and EDF Group.