Diablo Canyon Unit 2 Safely Shuts Down for Planned Refueling and Maintenance Outage

AVILA BEACH — On Sunday (May 1) at 12:02 a.m., operators at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely took Unit 2 offline for a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

“Diablo Canyon Power Plant is an important energy resource for California and a significant economic engine for the Central Coast,” said Jim Welsch, PG&E vice president of nuclear generation. “The work we are performing in the weeks ahead supports our strong commitment to operate the facility in a safe and efficient manner, and ensures the continued delivery of clean, zero-emissions electricity to our customers.”

In total, more than 155,000 person-hours will be invested in this refueling and maintenance outage. PG&E has brought in approximately 1,000 highly-skilled, temporary workers to assist the plant’s 1,500 full-time employees. Together, they will complete the refueling and other important upgrades, inspections and replacements that can only be completed while Unit 2 is shut down.

This outage will bring additional economic activity to San Luis Obispo County as the additional 1,000 outage workers — some of whom are coming to the area from as far away as Pennsylvania — will spend their money locally on a variety of goods and services, as well as housing.

Each of Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two reactor units is safely refueled approximately every 18 months. Unit 1 will continue to safely generate electricity while Unit 2 is offline.

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