Limerick Generating Station’s Unit 1 refueling outage is underway. Operators took the reactor offline at approximately 11:30 p.m. on March 4 to repair the turbine control system on the non-nuclear side of the plant.
“With our spring outage only days away, it made sense to begin refueling activities now,” said Site Vice President Tom Dougherty. “The Limerick team has been working hard all year to plan a safe and effective outage and this decision will allow us to complete all offline work and return the unit to service sooner.”
Unit 1 will remain offline as highly trained technicians install new turbine blades, three transformers and nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Limerick has two reactors, each of which is refueled once every two years. Limerick Unit 2 remains at full power.
More than 1,500 experienced supplemental workers are in town to support the outage, providing a temporary boost to the local economy. Most local hotels, restaurants, and shops in the area see an increase in customers during Limerick refueling outages.
Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. With both units at full power, the site can produce enough carbon-free electricity for 2 million homes.