Reactor 4 at Hunterston will come offline today, 10 December, to carry out further graphite inspections and report the results to the independent nuclear safety regulator, ONR. Reactor 4 has had a successful period of safe and reliable production since it returned to service on 25 August 2019. Following the current inspections, we aim to return the unit to service on 13 March 2020. The regulator’s assessment of the Hunterston Reactor 3 safety case continues and we have revised our latest expectation for its return to service to 28 February 2020 – previously we expected it to return it on 15 January. As always, market rules require us to give our most likely view of return to service dates and if these change, I will let you know.
EDF Energy 10th Dec 2019 read more »
PLANS are being put in place to cut the number of people given tablets to combat the effects of a leak from the ageing Hunterston power station. Currently residents living within 2.4km of the plant are provided with potassium iodate pills which should be taken to combat harmful radiation in the event of a nuclear emergency. But the News can reveal this will be cut to just a 1km radius of the site – if council chiefs adopt a new recommendation from operators EDF. The proposal has been labelled ‘ridiculous’ by local community campaigner Rita Holmes, who believes the ’emergency zone’ should be widened not reduced.
Largs and Millport News 9th Dec 2019 read more »