Suffolk’s nuclear power station has been taken off-grid for the first time in 16 months to allow a £60million maintenance project to take place. The arrival of the extra workforce for the outage – expected to last around six weeks – will bring a boost to the area’s economy, helping out accommodation providers at a quiet time of year as well as providing extra income for pubs, restaurants and shops. The shutdown is the first since June 2016 after 504 days of reliable, continuous generation of electricity at Sizewell B. Over the next six weeks work will take place to refuel the power plant as one-third of its highly radioactive spent uranium fuel rods are removed from part of the reactor and replaced, along with a large number of other vital maintenance tasks.
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