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Friday, May 16, 2008

Scotland: Nuclear power plant back in action after reactor shutdown

Torness Nuclear Power Station is back to full strength after a three-day shutdown for one of its reactors.
Reactor one was stopped at 4.20pm on Wednesday last week due to a "routine maintenance issue", but was back working again by 3.26pm on Saturday.

Plant owner British Energy did not release any more details on the problem but it was not thought to be significant.

The last shutdown at Torness happened on April 12 when a reactor was closed for a planned repair to the turbine generator water system. The reactor was back in service on April 28. There have now been nine stoppages at Torness in 12 months.

The Scottish Government has recently pledged to extend the life of Hunterston B to at least 2016, and keep the younger Torness plant running "until the end of its operational life".

This will take it until 2023 but there are no plans to replace the reactors beyond this time.

(Source: News Scotsman)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada, but my family is Scottish descent.. its really sad how anti-nuclear Scotland is.

--aa2

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