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Laborers to be hired during outage

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

BYRON — More than 1,700 additional workers will join the 850 permanent Byron Generating Station employees in helping Exelon complete scheduled maintenance and upgrades on the facility.

Byron Station will spend $13 million in contracted labor, non-Exelon employees, for the outage.

The contracted workers will pump nearly $7 million into the local economy. Most motels, restaurants, and shops from Rockford to Rochelle, and many places in between, see an increase in customers during Byron Station outages. 

Workers at Byron Station will refuel the Unit 2 reactor, perform more than 12,000 inspections and maintenance activities, and refurbish the Unit 2 cooling tower’s interior structure.

Residents should be aware of the increased traffic in towns near the plant. While the unit is down, one of the cooling towers will not produce any water vapor cloud. This is normal when a unit is taken offline. Byron’s Unit 1 will continue to supply electricity to customers during the Unit 2 outage. With both units at full power, the site produces almost 2,300 megawatts, enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.

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