gets underway on Hinkley Point's £35m shutdown
Energy's Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has
this week begun the site's planned maintenance shutdown on one
of its two reactors.
shutdown of reactor 4 will see around 1,000 extra people on site
and an investment of more than £35million into the plant,
claimed the energy firm on Monday.
work includes inspections of the reactor core and the replacement
of four large gas circulators.
additional contractors will be working alongside Hinkley Point
Bs own 550-strong team.
Station director Mike Harrison, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a very important time for Hinkley Point B and is
the culmination of around two years of planning. All work will
be done to the highest possible standards of safety and quality."
"As well as being important for the power station itself,
the work is also great news for the local economy as it results
in millions of pounds going to local and regional contractors,
businesses and accommodation providers."
The outage began on 14th October and occurs every three years
for each reactor.
power station's second reactor remains online, supplying enough
electricity for over half a million homes.
Station director Mike Harrison in front of the B station's turbine