Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has completed a major refueling outage, say PG&E officials.
In what plant managers are calling one of the most successful outages in plant history, Unit 2 at Diablo is running at full power after a nearly two-month shutdown, which involved the replacement of a portion of the reactor’s fuel and performance of 30 maintenance projects and several major equipment upgrades.
Major projects included upgrading a crane system that is used to move key plant components and a digital process control system that monitors and controls various plant systems.
PG&E’s Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin attributed the success of the outage to good planning.
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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.
“During each outage, around $5 million is spent locally by visiting workers and their families,” said Peter Candela, executive officer of the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce.