The Unit 1 reactor at Diablo Canyon Energy Plant was shut down Sunday for scheduled refueling and upkeep work, a Pacific Gasoline and Electrical Co. spokesman mentioned.
Throughout the outage, PG&E staff and momentary contract staff will change a portion of the nuclear reactor gas, carry out upkeep and check methods and parts that aren’t accessible throughout common plant operation, the spokesman mentioned.
Unit 2 will proceed to generate electrical energy whereas Unit 1 is offline.
PG&E officers estimate greater than 150,000 person-hours will likely be invested within the outage, which is able to include greater than 12 main initiatives, the spokesman mentioned.
“The work we’re performing within the weeks forward helps our robust dedication to function DCPP in a protected and dependable method and ensures the continued supply of unpolluted and reasonably priced electrical energy to our prospects,” mentioned Jim Welsch, PG&E vp of Nuclear Era and chief nuclear officer.
Every of the 2 reactor models at Diablo Canyon, situated on the coast north of Avila Seashore, is refueled about each 20 months. Unit 2 will endure a deliberate refueling within the fall.
Collectively, Diablo Canyon’s twin reactors produce roughly 2,300 megawatts of electrical energy, about 10 p.c of all electrical energy generated in California and sufficient to serve greater than three million individuals in Northern and Central California.