San Onofre Steam Generator Replacement Project

Edited By Chris Reed

Status Update - Workers will begin cutting into the unit 3 reactor at the San Onofre nuclear plant this month to replace a pair of 640-ton steam generators, the final act in a project that has spanned a decade.

The $671 million project, including replacement of a second pair of giant generators in the plant's unit 2 reactor last year, requires ships, cranes, tents, transport vehicles and scaffolds on a huge scale.

The replacements will allow San Onofre to continue operating at least until the end of its license, in 2022, and perhaps beyond if the license is extended.

The OC Register has published some recent pictures here.

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