The Hunterston B7 reactor is now scheduled to return to service on July 31 and B8 reactor, the least cracked at the site, on June 24. Centrica has a 20-per-cent interest in eight nuclear plants, mostly built in the 1960s and 1970s, which are controlled by EDF. Centrica said it was selling its stake in February last year. But since then, Hunterston and Dungeness B in Kent have been put out of action. EDF, which is also looking to sell some of its interest in the nuclear hubs, said Dungeness B would “continue to produce low-carbon electricity safely and reliably for many years to come”. The reactor in Kent on the southern English coast was shut down late last summer for regular inspections, which identified the need for repairs on steam pipes. EDF said it was carrying out “additional inspections and repairs [to] put the plant in a state to deliver best-ever performance later this year”. The restart of the twin reactors was due for September and October, according to the French firm.
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