Hartlepool nuclear power to remain closed until end of year?

Hartlepool nuclear power to remain closed until end of year?

Hartlepool nuclear power to remain closed until end of year?

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HARTLEPOOL nuclear power station, closed after a safety scare last month, may not re-open until the end of the year, power company EDF has announced in the past hour.

The energy giant closed Hartlepool and its sister plant in Lancashire after finding a boiler defect at Heysham in June.

The company said all the boilers associated with the two nuclear reactors at Heysham 1, and with the two nuclear reactors at Hartlepool, would be inspected to make sure they were safe.

It estimated the nuclear plants would be running again within eight weeks but, in an update, the company now says they may not re-open until the end of the year.

Any delay will exacerbate fears of power cuts if the UK suffers a harsh winter.

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9:50am Thu 4 Sep 14

tubgut says...

Another price increase is on the way I'm thinking.
Another price increase is on the way I'm thinking. tubgut
  • Score: 1

11:21am Thu 4 Sep 14

Mr A says...

How much of the North East would be affected if it ever blew up?
How much of the North East would be affected if it ever blew up? Mr A
  • Score: 0

11:22am Thu 4 Sep 14

David Lacey says...

I'm more worried about black outs caused by shortage of supply.
I'm more worried about black outs caused by shortage of supply. David Lacey
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