Point B taken off service by EDF Energy for maintenance
Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been taken out of
service this week, but EDF Energy says the work is for routine
maintenance and that power supplies will not be affected.
energy firm says the reactor was taken out of operation on Friday
(January 23rd) at the start of a £40million maintenance
programme that will see an extra 1,000 workers brought in over
the next ten weeks to carry out 12,000 separate pieces of work.
work will include inspections inside the reactor plus the installation
of new equipment at the site.
says the work will include replacing two large gas circulators
which help cool the reactor, as well as replacing blades on the
turbine which is used to turn steam into low carbon electricity.
maintenance periods, known as 'statutory outages', take place
every three years and are planned in advance with National Grid
to ensure there is no impact on the UK's electricity supplies.
says that Hinkley Point B's other reactor is due to continue operating
normally throughout the period.
director Mike Harrison said: "This inspection and investment
programme has been carefully planned over the last two years and
will enable us to continue safely generating low carbon electricity
at Hinkley B for many years to come."
Davies, Outage Manager, added: "Taking the reactor out of
service means we can inspect it and carry out maintenance which
we wouldnt normally be able to do. Inspections will take
place inside the reactor as well as in its boilers. Well
be working closely with our contractors and nuclear engineering
specialists from across the country to get this work done on time."
Point B's two reactors generate enough electricity to power around