After almost 45 years of quietly serving to to energy Britain, a proactive choice has been taken to maneuver Hinkley Point B energy station in Somerset into the defuelling part, no later than 15 July 2022.
Hinkley Point B began producing low carbon electrical energy in 1976 and since then has safely produced greater than 300 TWh of energy – an quantity of power that may meet the electrical energy necessities of each residence within the UK for 3 years.
“This station has delivered extra low carbon power throughout its lifetime than some other UK nuclear station. This is an excellent achievement and a testomony to the dedication of all those that have labored right here over the many years.
“When work began on this technology of nuclear reactors within the 1960s, few might have anticipated how necessary it has grow to be to generate our energy with little or no emissions. Over its life, this station has helped the UK keep away from tens of millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide going into the environment and supplied rewarding jobs for 1000’s of individuals and provide chain companions throughout Britain.
“Although there’s a lot change to come back, it is a second to be pleased with what we have now achieved.”
In 2012 EDF prolonged the estimated producing lifetime of Hinkley Point B by seven years, from 2016 to March 2023. Today’s announcement means the location will cease producing just some months forward of this and over 15 years longer than initially deliberate again within the 1960s.
The station suspended energy technology in June 2020, so as to undertake in depth graphite inspections and conduct upkeep. EDF has developed the security case required to re-start operations and it will quickly be with the Office for Nuclear Regulation for evaluation. Further technology is wholly conditional upon their approval.
Once Hinkley Point B stops producing energy for good, EDF will tackle defuelling the station, the primary stage of the nuclear decommissioning course of and one anticipated to take a number of years. Defuelling will contain continued use of EDF’s uniquely skilled groups, and specialist provide chain firms, preserving an necessary supply of jobs in Somerset and the encircling space.
Hinkley Point B is positioned close to Bridgwater, Somerset, on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. It was the primary business Advanced Gas Cooled reactor to generate energy to the National Grid in 1976 and shares its design with sister station Hunterston B nuclear energy station. The building of Hinkley Point B, which was undertaken by a consortium often known as The Nuclear Power Group began in 1967.
EDF is constructing European pressurised water reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point C and creating plans for a reproduction plant at Sizewell C.
(Source and picture: EDF)
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