Britain’s nuclear power stations insisted they had enough carbon dioxide to last the winter, amid fears they might have to be shut if supplies were not restored. Seven of the UK’s eight nuclear power stations operate advanced gas-cooled reactors that require tonnes of CO2 a week to operate. Government sources highlighted the nuclear industry as part of the rationale behind their decision to provide a multi-million pound bailout to a US fertiliser company that suspended its operations in the UK because of rising gas prices. Yesterday EDF, which operates the plants, said that it had a robust supply chain and enough CO2 stockpiled to ensure the plants could be safely run for a long time without the need to replenish supplies. “Carbon dioxide is vital to generating the low carbon electricity produced by EDF’s nuclear fleet and for many years we have managed robust supply chains to ensure all of our stations have appropriate stocks,” a spokesman said.
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