October 25, 2006
Point power station 'may never open again' say campaigners
are being raised about the future of Hinkley Point B nuclear power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea.
its advanced gas-cooled reactors are currently shut down and campaigners
say it may never open again.
at the plant include cracks in a reactor's graphite core, and
cracks in boiler pipes, which are currently being repaired by
Energy said the cracks are within its safety plan and the decommissioning
date is 2011. The company brought forward a safety inspection
after the cracked pipes were revealed.
state it cannot make a safety case for the graphite core to cover
the next 10 years of the plant's life, as it will not last that
statement from British Energy said: "All British Energy nuclear
power stations operate under safety cases agreed and signed off
by The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. Without this safety
case approval, our stations would not operate. The documents reflect
only a fragment of the on-going dialogue that British Energy has
with its regulator."
graphite cores are made up of a number of graphite bricks arranged
in layers. It is accepted... that cracks will occur in some of
the bricks as part of the normal ageing process within the graphite
Duffy, of the Stop Hinkley group, added: "The boiler tube
cracks are a fundamental problem. Given
we've got graphite problems I can't see it opening again."
Cracks in boiler
pipes force temporary closure of Hinkley Point
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