AFTER nearly 45 years of being Britain’s most productive nuclear power station, Hinkley Point B’s reactors will be switched off for the final time on July 15 as the start of a three-year decommissioning process. It will mean that for the first time in 60 years West Somerset will not have a working nuclear power station – Hinkley Point C is not scheduled to come on line until 2026. Construction began in 1967 and the station became operational nine years later. It was originally scheduled to have a 25-year-life but has since provided electricity for 81 million homes. In 2012, owners EDF Energy extended the station’s generating life by seven years. It suspended power generation in 2020 for extensive inspections and maintenance.
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