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UNIT 3 COMPLETES REFUELING IN RECORD 65-DAY OUTAGE

 UNIT 3 COMPLETES REFUELING IN RECORD 65-DAY OUTAGE
 SAN ONOFRE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 3 at the San


Onofre Nuclear Generating Station topped off its best operating cycle when it returned to service today after completing scheduled refueling in record time, according to Southern California Edison, operator of the facility.
 The 1,100-megawatt generating unit completed its fifth refueling in 65 days, a record for the two large units at San Onofre. The short refueling outage represented the fewest days ever required to replace one-half of the uranium fuel in the SONGS 2 or 3 reactors.
 During the refueling, 57.5 tons of new uranium fuel assemblies, valued at more than $50 million, were installed in the reactor to generate electricity in the next operating cycle.
 "Efficient operational performance, with minimal outages, means that San Onofre can fulfill its role in providing electricity at one of the lowest operating and fuel costs available in the Edison system," according to Gene Morgan, Edison's vice president in charge of the San Onofre site.
 "It also demonstrates the hard work and dedication of all of our employees at the San Onofre site involved in maintenance and day-to-day operations," he added.
 SONGS 3 record-setting fuel cycle began on July 6, 1990, and continued through March 2, 1992. During that period, the unit operated at 86.7 percent capacity factor, the highest ever recorded during a fuel cycle at the San Onofre site.
 (NOTE: Other previous bests were Unit 1, 80 percent in cycle 3, 1973-74; Unit 2, 81.7 percent in cycle 3, 1986-87; and Unit 3, 80.6 percent in cycle 3, 1986-87.)
 During the same period, Unit 3 produced 14.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. This amount of electric power is equivalent to energy in 23 million barrels of oil or 140 billion cubic feet of natural gas. (NOTE: This displaced fossil generation represents a reduction of 7,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 8,000 tons of carbon monoxide.)
 Power from San Onofre is distributed to customers of co-owners, Southern California Edison (75.05 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (20 percent), City of Anaheim (3.16 percent), and City of Riverside (1.79 percent).
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 /CONTACT: Dave Barron of Southern California Edison Co., 818-302-2255/ CO: Southern California Edison Co. ST: California IN: UTI SU:


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