Scottish CND slam ‘extraordinary’ decision to restart operations at elderly nuclear plant. Hunterston B now operating 14 years beyond its anticipated lifespan, warn safety campaigners. SCOTTISH CND has raised further safety concerns about a nuclear reactor in Scotland which is set to restart operations. Regulators have given permission for reactor three at the Hunterston power station in Ayrshire to resume operations for six months despite more than 350 cracks in the graphite bricks.
Morning Star 31st Aug 2020 read more »
Hunterston nuclear power station restart is unnecessary risk – Dr Richard Dixon. Hunterston nuclear power station has not been producing any electricity for most of the last two years and yet the lights have stayed on, writes Dr Richard Dixon. Last week there were two very significant announcements about the Hunterston nuclear power station in Ayrshire, and owners EDF Energy must be pretty pleased about how it all came across in the media. The first announcement was from the Office of Nuclear Regulation, who said they had agreed that EDF can start up Reactor 3 at Hunterston and run it for six months. Reactor 3 has been closed down for more than two years because the bricks that make up its core are cracking up. With approaching 400 cracks, there has been a lively debate about whether it should ever start up again. As you can imagine a number of organisations geared up to say what a terrible idea restarting Reactor 3 was. Almost immediately came the second announcement, this time from EDF, saying they had decided to close the site permanently slightly earlier than planned. Straight away the media story became instead about how we keep the lights on and what will happen to the jobs. Most of the jobs at the plant are safe until at least 2025 since it will take that long to take the fuel out of the reactor. After that, there will be the massive task on dismantling the two reactors safely. Nuclear power creates such a mess that it guarantees jobs long after a reactor has shut, with the cost of decommissioning and cleaning up the UK nuclear industry currently running at £3 billion a year and employing 16,000 people.
Scotsman 1st Sept 2020 read more »
French multinational power generation firm EDF has received Scottish regulatory approval to temporarily start generating power at the Hunterston B nuclear station in Ayrshire. The restart of the reactor follows a two-year inspection and investment program. The testing focused on proving that the Hunterston station could withstand a range of earthquake scenarios, even seismic events far greater than any the United Kingdom has ever experienced, according to the EDF release. Reactor 3 was taken offline in 2018 for graphite inspections. It has received go-ahead for restart.
Power Engineering 31st Aug 2020 read more »