The company said that the workers will replace about 40% of its uranium fuel and complete a number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades when the Unit 2 reactor is shut down.

The equipment maintenance to be performed will enhance reliability and help meet the demand for electricity to power the region’s economy.

This year’s upgrade work on the reactor includes installing an integrated digital control system for plant equipment and replacement of turbines that pumps water to the reactor vessel.

Since its last refueling outage in 2009, Unit 2 has safely and reliably generated about 19,355,000MWh of electricity, which is enough to power about 1 million homes.

The Susquehanna plant is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna and Allegheny Electric Cooperative and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.