CLINTON — Operators at Clinton Power Station removed the unit from service shortly after midnight on Monday for the station’s 14th scheduled refueling outage.
For this outage, the permanent station team is augmented with more than 1,900 skilled workers from local union halls and other Exelon nuclear facilities. Exelon will spend approximately $26.5 million in contractor and vendor support for the outage, with more than $2 million of that being spent with local vendors.
“When the station has an outage, the community receives a huge shot in its business arm,” said Executive Director of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Marian Brisard. “We are proud to have them as an active member of our community.”
With the unit offline, the station team will perform maintenance and thousands of inspections on a variety of plant components and systems. This includes replacing about one third of the reactor’s fuel and detailed inspections of one of the station’s low pressure and the high pressure turbines.
“The staff has been planning this outage for more than two years,” said Keith Taber, Clinton Power Station site vice president. “It is work like this that ensures Clinton continues to operate reliably until its next refueling outage.”
Many of the activities performed during this outage cannot be performed while the station is operating.