Point B goes offline for £25m of planned maintenance
of the two reactors at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station near
Burnham-On-Sea went offline on Friday (28th September) at the
start of a £25m planned maintenance project.
extensive programme of work is now underway in which hundreds
of inspections will take place, as well as the installation of
than 1,000 specialist contractors have joined EDF's employees
in working on the project during the shutdown.
Strategic Outage Manager Nick Wall added: "Having the reactor
offline makes it possible to inspect and undertake maintenance
we wouldn't normally be able to do. Inspections will take place
on the reactor's fuel channels and boiler pipe-work as well as
the reactor core itself. The units electricity generating
turbine will also see enhancement work and maintenance."
is a one-company approach and we are working hand in hand with
our 1,000 contract partners to deliver this project safely and
3, which supplies low carbon electricity to more than 500,000
homes, has stopped generating power until the completion of the
work. The other reactor at Hinkley Point B is set to continue
operating normally throughout the period. Each reactor is shutdown
for a programme of inspection and maintenance once every three
years as part of the safety case to continue operating the power
Director Mike Harrison said: "This inspection and investment
programme will help enable us to continue generating power safely
and reliably at Hinkley B for many years to come. A full two years
of planning precedes this work. Its also positive for the
local economy, with the knock-on benefits for local shops, taxis,
restaurants and accommodation providers."