Hink­ley Point B plant faces early clo­sure

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business -

Hink­ley Point B might go dark more than a year ahead of sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to its owner EDF, writes Ed Clowes.

The nu­clear plant in Som­er­set, which opened in 1976, is cur­rently shut for main­te­nance af­ter safety is­sues were spot­ted by the nu­clear watch­dog. Bri­tain’s re­main­ing nu­clear sta­tions are all fac­ing the same safety is­sues in­volv­ing cracks emerg­ing in the graphite core of their re­ac­tors.

EDF has said de­com­mis­sion­ing Hink­ley might need to be brought for­ward by a year to 2022.

Ex­perts have warned that when the UK’s fleet of nu­clear power sta­tions go dark, the coun­try will be left with a hole in how much elec­tric­ity it can gen­er­ate.

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