As I explained in my letter of 18 March, following the core inspections and extensive modelling, the safety case providing the justification for return to service of Reactor 4 has been submitted to ONR for their assessment. The ONR will, completely independently, review the case before deciding whether or not to approve for return to service. It is not possible for us to confirm with certainty how long this process will take; our top priority is that it’s completed with appropriate rigour. Energy market rules require us to provide our most likely view of return to service dates. To support time for the ONR assessment, we have declared 14 May 2019 for Reactor 4, a slight adjustment to the previously declared date of 30 April.
EDF Energy 25th April 2019 read more »
EDF Energy, owned by French power company, has extended an outage at its Hunterston B8 nuclear reactor in Scotland by two weeks while the nuclear regulator assesses whether it is safe for it to restart after cracks were discovered last year. Hunterston B nuclear plant on the west coast of Scotland is more than 40 years old. It has two reactors and both have been offline since last year after cracks were found on the graphite core during routine inspections at the facility. Hunterston B8 has been offline since last October had been expected to return to service on April 30. That has now been extended to May 14.
Reuters 25th April 2019 read more »