Apr 23, 2012 1:49 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Diablo Canyon safely shuts down Unit 1 reactor for maintenance

Pacific Gas and Electric Company began scheduled refueling and maintenance on one of two nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon Power Plant Monday.

Now that Unit 1 has been safely shut down, PG&E employees, along with 1,000 temporary workers will start work to replace a portion of the reactor fuel, test systems and components that aren't normally accessible, and install a new digital process system to monitor and safely operate the unit.

"The work we perform during refueling outages fully supports our ongoing commitment to operate the facility in a safe, efficient and reliable manner, and provides an important economic boost to the communities we serve and where our employees live," said Site Vice President Jim Becker.

Each of Diablo Canyon's two reactors is refueled once every 18 months. While Unit 1 is shut down, Unit 2 will continue to operate at full power.



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