EDF Energy has extended by several weeks outages at its Hunterston nuclear plant in Britain, where two reactors were taken offline after cracks were discovered in March and October. The Hunterston B-7 reactor is now expected to return to service on April 30 while Hunterston B-8 is expected to be back online from March 31, EDF Energy said on its website. No one from EDF Energy, owned by French energy group EDF, was available immediately to comment on why the outages had been extended.
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Our current estimate is that Reactor 4 will now return at the end of March 2019 and Reactor 3 will be back online at the end of April. Our strategy is progressing well and we are engaging positively with the Office for Nuclear Regulation throughout this complex programme of work. Our lifetime expectation to 2023 remains unchanged. On 2 November we submitted a safety case to the ONR seeking approval for return to service of Reactor 4 and are also preparing to submit the safety case for Reactor 3. These must demonstrate that, for the next period of operation, the reactor will operate and shutdown safely during normal operation and during a highly unlikely earthquake scenario. The ONR is independently reviewing the case and is assessing every aspect of our technical work. This is our normal process. It is not possible for us to confirm with certainty how long this process will take; our top priority is that it’s completed with appropriate rigour.
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