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More of Britain’s ageing nuclear power stations are likely to close early

Times 6th Sept 2020, More nuclear power stations could close early as EDF wrestles with problems with patching up its ageing plants.  The French power giant owns Britain’s fleet of eight nuclear power stations together with British Gas parent Centrica.
………….  just one new nuclear power station is being built, Hinkley Point C, in Somerset.
EDF said last month that Hunterston B in Ayrshire would close about 15 months earlier than expected, by January 2022, because of cracks in its graphite core. It is also understood to be considering the early closure of at least two more plants — Hinkley Point
B in Somerset and Dungeness B in Kent.
Hinkley Point B is earmarked for closure in early 2023, but EDF is understood to have warned staff in recent days that it may
happen sooner. It is currently not generating while its graphite core is inspected. EDF is due to make a decision on its future in November.
Dungeness B has been offline since 2018, but now there are fears that it may never reopen because of problems with its boilers, which EDF has spent about £100m trying to fix.
Ministers are set to make a decision on whether to fund more nuclear stations within the coming months, with the
publication of a much-delayed energy white paper.


September 7, 2020 - Posted by | business and costs, politics, safety, UK

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