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Diablo Canyon’s Unit 2 reactor shut down for refueling, maintenance

Unit 2 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach was taken offline Sunday for a planned refueling and maintenance outage. Each of Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two reactor units is refueled about every 18 months.
Unit 2 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach was taken offline Sunday for a planned refueling and maintenance outage. Each of Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two reactor units is refueled about every 18 months. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Unit 2 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach was taken offline Sunday for a planned refueling and maintenance outage, according to a PG&E news release.

In total, more than 155,000 hours will be invested in the refueling and maintenance, the news release said. PG&E has brought in about 1,000 temporary workers from around the country to help the plant’s 1,500 full-time employees.

The workers will complete the refueling and other important upgrades, inspections and replacements that can only be completed while Unit 2 is shut down.

The outage will bring additional economic activity to the county as the temporary employees spend their money locally, the news release said.

Each of Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two reactor units is refueled about every 18 months; Unit 1 will continue to generate electricity while Unit 2 is shut down.

No restart date was announced, but outages typically last about a month, according to Tribune archives.

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