Exelon’s Limerick 2 starts refueling outage

Operators removed Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 from service April 13 for a planned refueling outage. 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. Most of the work cannot be performed while the unit is online.

The outage work will be performed by 800 permanent employees and more than 1,200 highly trained supplemental workers. These additional workers provide a significant boost to the local economy each year.

“Limerick’s annual refueling outages are big wins for our local businesses,” said Eileen Dautrich, President of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce. “Many of the additional workers eat in local restaurants, stay in area hotels, and shop in local retail stores, helping kickoff the spring season each year.”

Limerick Unit 1 will continue to generate electricity during the Unit 2 outage.

Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The plant produces enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately two million homes.