This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

EDF extends outage at UK reactor where cracks found

22 November 2018

EDF Energy has extended an outage at the no. 3 reactor at Hunterston B nuclear power station in Scotland, offline since March when cracks were found in its core, until February 21. The reactor was initially scheduled to return to service on November 17, later pushed back until December 18. The cracks were found in graphite bricks used to control the nuclear reaction within the reactor. 

Hunterston B nuclear power station - Image: EDF Energy
Hunterston B nuclear power station - Image: EDF Energy

EDF Energy said it had extended the outage to prepare a safety case needed for Britain’s nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), to allow the unit to restart.
Hunterston 4 has also been closed for a routine graphite inspection. It is expected to return to service on January 14.

In another incident at a UK nuclear power station, the ONR said on November 20 it was investigating an industrial incident at the Heysham 1 nuclear power station in Lancashire in which three workers were injured. It said it would not comment further at this stage as its enquiries were continuing.


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page