After nearly 45 years of quietly helping to power Britain, a proactive decision has been taken to move Hinkley Point B power station in Somerset into the defuelling phase, no later than 15 July 2022. Hinkley Point B started generating low carbon electricity in 1976 and since then has safely produced more than 300 TWh of power – an amount of energy that would meet the electricity requirements of every home in the UK for three years. In 2012 EDF extended the estimated generating life of Hinkley Point B by seven years, from 2016 to March 2023. Today’s announcement means the site will stop generating just a few months ahead of this and over 15 years longer than originally planned back in the 1960s. The station suspended power generation in June 2020, in order to undertake extensive graphite inspections and conduct maintenance. EDF has developed the safety case required to re-start operations and this will soon be with the Office for Nuclear Regulation for review. Further generation is wholly conditional upon their approval.
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EDF Energy has confirmed it will begin shutting down the 45-year-old reactors at Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant in Somerset within the next two years, earlier than scheduled. The “defuelling” will begin no later than July 2022, according to the French energy group. The shutdown was scheduled for 2023, but cracks were discovered in the graphite core of the reactor. Matt Sykes, the managing director of EDF Generation, said an inspection of Hinkley Point B’s graphite blocks revealed they were “in exactly the sort of condition” expected after 40 years of generating electricity.
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The Hinkley Point B nuclear power station will close by July 2022 at the latest, EDF has announced, triggering renewed calls to invest in replacement reactors. The Somerset plant started generating in 1976 and was due to close in 2016 but in 2012 EDF secured an extension until March 2023. However, the reactor developed cracks in its graphite core, which has limited its operation. EDF said this summer that the Hunterston B plant in Scotland, which also has cracks in the core, would close earlier than planned, in January 2022. Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association, said it was “a reminder of the urgency of investing in new nuclear capacity to hit net zero”.
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EDF will start shutting down its Hinkley Point B nuclear reactor in Britain no later than July 15, 2022, the French group’s British subsidiary announced on Thursday. This reactor located in Somerset, southwest England, has been in service since 1976. It can produce enough electricity to power around 1.8 million homes. It is normally allowed to operate until March 2023 but has suffered from various issues related to its obsolescence.
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