Exelon brings in 700 extra workers for Ginna refueling outage

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said Oct. 19 that its 580-MW R.E. Ginna nuclear power plant in Ontario, N.Y., has begun a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

The plant was taken offline just after midnight on Monday, Oct. 19. The move concluded an 18-month operating cycle. The plant’s last refueling outage was in April 2014, according to data from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

During the refueling outage, Exelon employees and more than 700 supplemental workers will perform maintenance activities, tests and safety inspections on a variety of plant components and systems. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the unit is online.

With it being fall, a large chunk of the nation’s nuclear fleet goes offline for refueling and upkeep.

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is a pressurized water reactor (PWR) facility located on 426 acres along the south shores of Lake Ontario in Ontario, NY, about 20 miles northeast of Rochester and 53 miles southwest of Exelon’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.

In spring 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved transfer of the operating license for Ginna and certain other plants to Exelon from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG). Exelon jointly holds CENG with an affiliate of Électricité de France (EDF).

Like other single-unit nuclear plants in organized markets, Ginna is currently fighting for its financial future. R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant LLC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Oct. 2 the Amendment No. 6 to the Reliability Support Services Agreement (RSSA) between Ginna and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E).

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