MARSEILLES — Operators returned La Salle County Generating Station Unit 2 to full power Wednesday, marking the successful conclusion of the station’s 14th scheduled refueling outage.
The next scheduled refueling outage will not take place until 2015.
La Salle Station Unit 2 was taken off line on Monday, Feb. 11. The refueling outage was completed in 21 days.
During the outage, Exelon employees and highly skilled supplemental workers performed more than 11,000 activities, including extensive safety inspections and tests, along with numerous plant improvements.
Workers replaced one-third of the reactor’s fuel, performed preventive maintenance activities and performed walkdowns and inspections of valves and power supply systems that could be needed in response to an earthquake or flood.
All the work and inspections are designed to enhance the facility’s operational strength and ensure La Salle’s ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity for another two-year operating cycle.
“It takes a great deal of hard work from very talented and dedicated people to safely and successfully disassemble, inspect, test and reassemble one of our reactors to ensure that it continues to run at peak performance,” said Pete Karaba, La Salle Station site vice president.
More than 1,500 skilled workers from local union halls and technical experts from other Exelon Generation facilities supported La Salle employees during the refueling outage.
La Salle Unit 1 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 2 outage.
La Salle Generating Station is located about 75 miles southwest of Chicago near Marseilles, Ill. At full power, the facility’s two generating units produce more than 2,200 megawatts around the clock, enough electricity for 2.3 million typical homes.