Hunterston B to close two years early

By Paul Homewood

 

This one sneaked under the radar last week:

 

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Hunterston B nuclear power station in Ayrshire is to close almost two years early after cracks were found in the core of its reactors.

Regulators have given permission for reactor three to resume operations for a further six months despite more than 350 cracks in the graphite bricks.

Owner EDF Energy said it would seek authority for a second six-month run.

The company told BBC Scotland there would be 125 job losses when power generation ends.

The process of decommissioning will begin no later than January 2022. The reactor was due to continue operation until 2023.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-53935708

Hunterston is one of a number of nuclear plants due to close in the next few years, most of which have already had extra life squeezed out of them:

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_the_United_Kingdom 

 

With coal plants all due to go by 2025 as well, we will be more reliant on gas and Hinkley Point C than ever.

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September 2, 2020 at 04:06AM

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