EDF Energy, owned by France’s EDF, has extended outages at the two reactors at its Hunterston plant in Scotland, regulatory data on the company’s website showed. The reactors have been offline since last year after routine inspections found cracks in its graphite core and have suffered several restart delays. The Hunterston B7 reactor is now scheduled to return to service on July 31 from the previous date of June 30. The Hunterston B8 reactor is scheduled to return on June 24 from a previous date of May 30.
Reuters 20th May 2019 read more »
EDF Community Update. As I explained in my letter of 18 March, following the core inspections and extensive modelling, the safety case providing the justification for return to service of Reactor 4 has been provided to ONR for their assessment. The ONR will, completely independently, review the case before deciding whether or not to approve for return to service. It is not possible for us to confirm with certainty how long this process will take; our top priority is that it’s completed with appropriate rigour. To support time for the ONR assessment, we have declared 24 June 2019 for Reactor 4, a slight adjustment to the previously declared date of 30 May. We have also declared 31 July for Reactor 3, an adjustment from the previous date of 30 June. The safety case for Reactor 3 is still to be submitted to ONR.
EDF energy 20th May 2019 read more »
Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC) is nationally significant industrial and transport hub which is capable of supporting over 1,700 jobs and adding over £140m in economic value to Scotland. In recent years, the change in Government energy policy away from fossil fuels towards renewable sources has meant there is no longer a role for Hunterston as a major import terminal for coal.
Herald 21st May 2019 read more »