THE man in charge of the vast Torness nuclear power station on Scotland’s east coast has said the industry has a huge contribution to make after the 30-year-old plant celebrated a record performance. One of the two reactors at the power station near Dunbar operated continuously for 865 days between shut-downs beating the previous best by six days. The achievement is a source of pride for Tamer Albishawi, who was promoted to station director at Torness in September. Aged 38, he is the youngest station director in the eight strong fleet operated by EDF. When it was opened in May 1988, the plant was expected to shut down in 2018. The expected date for the end of generation at the site was subsequently pushed back to 2030. “Based on our inspections we know how the graphite ages and we’re seeing that it’s exactly as we would expect, which tells me the 2030 estimate is a good estimate,” says Mr Albishawi.
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