£35m check-up completed at Hinkley Point nuclear plant
Point B's second nuclear reactor is back to full power after a
planned period of maintenance.
Reactor 4, which had been shutdown since 14th October for its
three-yearly inspection and maintenance check-up, was synchronised
to the National Grid on 4th January.
EDF says the power station, located near Burnham, is now once
again generating enough electricity to power around one million
The power station's own 550 employees were joined by around 1,000
additional contractors to work on the major maintenance programme.
The work was the culmination of around two years of planning
and resulted in an investment of more than £35 million in
The schedule included replacement of a station transformer and
exchange of four large gas circulators. The reactor's graphite
core was also inspected to confirm its safe condition as well
as maintenance of the unit's turbine.
Mike Harrison, station director, said: "A great deal of
important work is now successfully completed that will stand us
in good stead for the continued safe operation of the power station
and our team can be proud of their achievement."