SCE says California nuclear power plant likely offline through summer

Edison International (NYSE: EIX) unit, Southern California Edison (SCE), on June 7 said that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is likely to be offline through August. Edison Chairman and CEO Ted Craver said safety, not timelines, would determine when the two-unit, 2,200 MW plant near San Clemente, Calif., restarts.

Due to safety inspections and testing that SCE is performing, the company said it expects to deliver a plan to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by the end of July regarding the operation of SONGS Unit 2. The NRC will then need time to respond, meaning the plant will likely remain offline in that time.

A plan for Unit 3 is expected to take longer to develop.

SCE engineers and third-party experts are currently working on a plan to address the NRC Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL) that outlines actions SCE must complete at SONGS before seeking permission from the NRC to restart either Unit 2 or Unit 3.

Both SONGS units are currently safely shut down for inspections, analysis and testing. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken offline Jan. 31 after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator tube.

More information is available at www.edison.com/songsupdate.

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