Online visitors to SONGScommunity.com can now take a virtual tour of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, allowing them to explore inside the 2,200 megawatt nuclear power plant located near San Clemente, Calif.
Safety is the main focus during the online experience and key features including containment domes, the seawall and emergency diesel generators are explained through video and audio. The tour is available in English and Spanish.
“A nuclear plant doesn’t have many tours open to the public for safety and security reasons,” said Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “But with this virtual tour, our community members, our customers and anyone around the world can come inside the plant and understand what the facility does and how it works.”
The virtual tour is part of ongoing efforts to inform and educate the public on the plant overall and specifically on the technical repair, corrective actions and proposal to safely restart and operate Unit 2. Engineers and community liaisons are also conducting open houses in several communities in the region and are available to speak to groups upon request.San Onofre is the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region and is a critical asset in meeting California’s clean energy needs. Both units of the plant are currently safely shut down. 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. Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted its response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Confirmatory Action Letter on Oct. 4, along with its restart plan for Unit 2. The unit will not be restarted until all plans have been approved by the NRC. For updates, please visit www.SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook.com/SCE. The San Onofre plant is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the city of Riverside (1.79 percent).