EDF has brought back online reactor 3 of its nuclear power station Hunterston B after receiving approval to start generating low-carbon power at the site following a two-year shutdown. The power company also announced that that station will move into the decommissioning phase by January 2022, a year earlier than previously expected. The two-year shutdown of reactor 3 came as a result of planned inspections in March 2018, which revealed cracking in the reactor core at a higher rate than was expected. The reactor was kept offline for an additional two years to allow EDF to carry out additional inspections, modelling and analysis, and to present a safety case to the regulator.
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