Exelon Generation has announced refueling outage of Byron Generating Station located in Ogle County of Illinois, US with significant upgrades.
The station personnel will refuel the Unit 1 reactor, renovate one of the cooling tower's interior structure and perform maintenance on many turbine-related pieces of equipment.
The company said over 2,200 additional workers, including electricians, pipefitters, carpenters and welders, will assist in the refueling outage.
Byron Station vice president Tim Tulon said this outage is the biggest in more than a decade.
"We need the extra assistance; and many of these professionals currently need work. It's a wonderful opportunity for all to benefit," Tulon added.
Workers will replace about one-third of the reactor's fuel and perform about 14,000 inspections and maintenance activities at the station.
The firm said during the Unit 1 outage, Unit 2 of Byron will continue to supply clean electricity to its customers.
At their full power, both units of Byron station generate almost 2,300MW of electricity, enough to power 2.3 million homes.