LIMERICK PA – Exelon Corp.’s Limerick Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2 was returned to service Sunday (May 27, 2012) at 1 p.m., following what company spokesperson Dana Melia called a “successful planned maintenance outage” that began May 18.
During the outage, workers performed a host of inspections and replaced two steam relief valves, labeled as essential components of the plant’s steam piping system, “to ensure that the plant can continue to run reliably during the peak summer season ahead,” Melia said. The repairs reportedly could be performed only while the plant was offline.
Limerick’s work teams were “highly trained,” said Limerick Site Vice President Russ Kearney, and “well prepared to perform the scheduled maintenance and return Unit 2 to service for our customers.”
Just six days (May 24) into the outage, Exelon planned for a community information night that opened portions of the generating station to the public, intended to educate visitors on its operations, site maintenance, engineering practices, environmental stewardship, industrial and radiological safety, site security, emergency preparedness, and the renewal of its license by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The adjacent Limerick Unit 1 continued to operate at full power during the outage. With the combined units at full power, according to the company, the site produces electricity for 2 million homes.
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