EDF Energy has announced it will extend the expected operating life of two of its nuclear power stations by seven years.
Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B power stations are now expected to remain operational until at least 2023, generating enough low carbon electricity for around two million homes. The decision follows the five year extensions to Heysham 1 and Hartlepool announced in 2010 and come after extensive reviews of the plants' safety cases and continuing work with the independent nuclear regulator.
EDF Energy expects an average of seven-year life extensions across all its Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor stations and a 20-year extension for Sizewell B, the only Pressurised Water Reactor in the UK. This would increase the amount of CO2 avoided by 340 million tonnes. This is equivalent to removing all the cars from UK roads for nearly five years.
EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said: "This decision will provide low carbon energy to keep the lights on in the UK and it will safeguard jobs at the plants, in the UK nuclear industry and its supply chain. It follows a thorough review of safety over the lifetime of each of the plants".
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