December 21, 2006
delays hit Hinkley Point re-opening, says British Energy
Point B, near Burnham-On-Sea, will not return to partial operation
until March, the power
British Energy said on Thursday.
company had said earlier this week that one of the reactors at
the plant would be back in operation by January 2007, however
fresh delays mean it will not open for another three months.
we spoke earlier this week, January was still the target,"
British Energy spokesman Martin Pearce told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday (December 21st).
the board of British Energy have since met when they made the
decision to go for a more conservative date of the end of March."
reactors will operate at 70 per cent capacity until March 2008,
when they are scheduled to return to full productivity.
comes after both the station's two advanced gas-cooled reactors
were shut down earlier this autumn when cracks were found in a
graphite core and boiler pipes.
campaigners have expressed their concerns about the re-opening
of the station.
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