extra Hinkley B workers 'boost local economy' in Burnham area
than a 1,000 extra workers have been hired to join Hinkley Point
B power station near Burnham-On-Sea to help carry out a major
Site operator EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide
an economic boost to the area.
of the nuclear reactors has already been taken out of service
to allow inspections to take place inside the reactor. New equipment
will also be installed at the plant.
additional workers will carry out 12,000 separate pieces of work.
The biggest projects include replacing two large gas circulators
which help cool the reactor, as well as replacing electrical transformers
used to support the transmission of low carbon electricity.
outage which takes place every three years - has been planned
in advance with National Grid to ensure that there is no impact
on the national electricity supply.
Point B's other reactor is due to continue operating normally
throughout the eight week outage period.
director Peter Evans said: "This inspection and investment
programme is just one part of our much wider commitment to ensuring
the continued safe production of low carbon electricity."
also good news for the local economy as the extra workers bring
additional money into local shops, taxis, restaurants, B&Bs
project is overseen by outage manager, Mike Davies, who said:
"Taking the reactor out of service means we can inspect it
and carry out maintenance which we wouldn't normally be able to
will take place inside the reactor as well as in its boilers and
the graphite core. We'll be working closely with our contractors
and nuclear engineering specialists from across the country to
get this work done on time."
Point B employs around 535 full-time staff and more than 220 full-time
date it has generated enough low carbon electricity to power around
60 million homes. Its two reactors still produce enough electricity
for approximately one and a half million properties each year.
generating electricity from nuclear power instead of fossil fuels,
Hinkley Point B has avoided the production of around 187 million
tonnes of carbon dioxide and equivalent greenhouse gases (CO2e)
- the equivalent of taking all passenger cars off UK roads for
just under two and a half years.
Point B is scheduled to continue operating until 2023 although
it is subject to ongoing review of its safety case by the nuclear