Exelon Braidwood Unit 1 returns to operation

The Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Braidwood Unit 1 nuclear facility in Illinois has returned to service and the facility was listed at 53% power generation early Oct. 27 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Braidwood had been removed from service for a refueling and maintenance outage on Sept. 26. The unit synched to the grid during the morning of Oct. 26, an Exelon spokesperson.

The regularly-scheduled refueling outage was to help ensure another 18-month operating cycle for the facility. An additional 1,500 skilled workers were brought in to supplement the station’s 800 employees during the outage.

Braidwood Unit 2 was not affected by the outage. Braidwood Units 1 and 2 are pressurized water reactors (PWRs) located in Will County, Illinois. Together they can generate more than 2,300 MW.

In January of this year, the NRC approved 20-year license extensions for both Braidwood units. The renewed licenses authorize the reactors to operate until October 2046 for Unit 1 and December 2047, for Unit 2.

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