PG&E to hire workers for next year's refueling outages at Diablo

dsneed@thetribunenews.comSeptember 30, 2013 

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

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Both of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s two reactors will have refueling outages next year — which means the utility is looking to hire more than 1,000 supplemental workers for each outage.

In preparation, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will hold two employment meetings Friday. These are information opportunities for anyone interested in being employed by PG&E for outage work and full-time employment and for local businesses interested in contracting with the utility or offering their services to visiting outage employees.

The informational meetings will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at the PG&E energy information center at 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo.

Unit 1 will be refueled in the spring and Unit 2 will refuel in the fall. Each reactor is shut down for refueling and maintenance about every 18 months. Each outage lasts from six to eight weeks.

Each reactor refueling provides an economic boost to the county because more than 1,000 supplemental workers are brought in to help perform about 1 million hours of work.

The Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce estimates that during each outage some $5 million is spent locally by visiting workers and their families. During regular operation, about 1,500 people are employed at the plant.

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