One of the reactors at a nuclear power station will be powered down at the end of summer for a multi-million pound maintenance programme. Dungeness B, which has two reactors, will see one, known as Unit 22, taken off the grid at the end of August for a 12-week, £30m inspection which will see hundreds of extra workers descend on the site. The process is known as a statutory outage. Station director, Ian Stewart, explained: “The outage will give us the chance to do inspections and carry out more than 12,000 separate pieces of work that are not possible when the reactor is operating. “This will help to ensure that Dungeness B can continue safely producing low-carbon electricity for 1.5 million UK homes until at least 2028.
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