EDF Energy, the British arm of French utility EDF (EDF.PA), has extended an outage at its Hunterston B-8 reactor (reactor 4) to Aug. 5, it said on its website. The 480-megawatt (MW) reactor in Scotland was previously scheduled to come back online on July 22. It has been offline since last October after routine inspections found cracks in its graphite core and the restart has been delayed several times since. Neighbouring reactor Hunterston B-7 has been down since March 2018 for the same reason and is not forecast to come back online until the beginning of October. EDF Energy has had to keep postponing the restart dates as it waits for the Office for Nuclear Regulation to complete an assessment and give approval for them to come back online.
Reuters 18th July 2019 read more »
Below is a letter to EDF and the Office for Nuclear Regulation – correspondence has been ongoing since EDF put in an application to the ONR to increase the crack limit on Hunterston’s graphite cores to 700. Meanwhile Scotland is producing so much wind energy it could power two Scotlands. So why on earth is EDF proposing to put us all at certain risk of nuclear catastrophe? It wouldn’t have something to do with keeping the nuclear infrastructure going for Trident and the next generation of nuclear weapons would it? There is no excuse to restart these dodgy dangerous nuclear reactors which are opposite the beautiful Isle of Arran.
Radiation Free Lakeland 18th July 2019 read more »