Diablo Canyon reactor at half power
October 15, 2013
The Unit 1 reactor at Diablo Canyon Power Plant is at half power following the malfunction of a feedwater pump. [KSBY]
The feedwater pump is responsible for pumping water to a boiler, which generates steam power in the non-nuclear section of the plant. The malfunctioning pump is one of two main feedwater pumps at the power plant.
Pacific Gas & Electric officials reduced the power of the reactor in order to repair the feedwater pump. Crews must raise the pressure of water enough for it to enter the steam generator.
Unit 2 remains operating at full power.