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HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Officials say a planned outage at a South Carolina nuclear plant will cost about $60 million.

The Morning News of Florence reports that the scheduled outage this week at Duke Energy's H.B. Robinson nuclear power plant includes refueling the reactor and other maintenance tasks.

Site operations director Mike Glover says the outage happens every 18 months.

About 1,200 contractors will be working at the plant to get the work done quickly.

A third of the fuel inside the single-unit, 750 megawatt pressurized water reactor needs to be replaced every 18 months. Glover says more modifications are also being done to improve the plant's reliability.

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