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.
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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.