EDF has decided to close down Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent after judging the reactor to be beyond reasonable repair. The power station, which has been in a state of extended outage since September 2018, will move into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. EDF said that it has been managing a range of unique, significant and ongoing technical challenges that are not found at its other six AGR power stations, leading to the decision to close down the site. New detailed analysis has identified additional station-specific risks within some key components, including parts within the fuel assemblies.
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The final nuclear power station on the Kent coast is to close ahead of schedule after issues found within the reactors rendered it beyond repair. Dungeness B shut for repairs in 2018, but had been forecast to begin producing electricity again in August. Owners EDF said defuelling would begin immediately and last several years. The GMB union said workers had been “stunned” by the decision to begin defueling the station, which had been scheduled to run until 2028.
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