PECO Nuclear won a contract in January to manage the day-to-day operation of Illinois Power’s Clinton plant (950 MWe BWR). The contract runs for three years, with an option for renewal. The single-unit Clinton plant has been shut down since September 1996.
Under the contract, a PECO Nuclear management team headed by Walter G McFarland, formerly vice president of PECO’s Limerick station, began serving in January as Illinois Power’s new chief nuclear officer. The plant will be staffed primarily by employees of Illinois Power which will continue to own the facility and maintain the license for its operation.
Illinois Power selected PECO Nuclear because of its record in managing operation of the Limerick and Peach Bottom nuclear stations, each with two BWRs.
This is the second contract concluded by PECO Nuclear to manage a nuclear plant owned by another US electric utility. PECO Nuclear is also currently managing the return to service of Northeast Utilities’ Millstone unit 1 in Connecticut and assisting with the return of Millstone unit 3.