Diablo Canyon Unit 1 shuts down for planned refueling and maintenance outage

AVILA BEACH, Calif.— Unit 1 at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely shut down to begin a refueling and maintenance outage that puts more than 2,500 skilled professionals to work and enhances economic development in the greater San Luis Obispo area, the company said Oct. 5.

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 1 is shut down. This influx will bring additional economic activity to San Luis Obispo through the dozens of vendors and hundreds of additional contract workers – some of whom are coming to the area from as far away as Pennsylvania – who will spend their money locally on a variety of goods and services.

In total, more than 165,000 person-hours will be invested in this refueling and maintenance outage. In addition to equipment maintenance and reactor refueling, PG&E will complete safety enhancements ordered after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. Those enhancements will serve as even greater, more robust safety enhancements against external events such as tornados, flooding and earthquakes. 

About Diablo Canyon Power Plant

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians.

About Diablo Canyon Power Plant

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians.