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EDF Energy’s Heysham B-2 Sets World Record For Continuous Operation

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The Heysham nuclear station in Lancashire, England.

5 Aug (NucNet): EDF Energy’s Heysham B-2 advanced gas-cooled reactor in northwest England set a new world record for continuous operation for a power reactor, after generating power for 895 consecutive days. EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of France’s state-owned EDF, said the 610-MW unit surpassed a 22-year record set by Ontario Power Generation's Pickering-7, which had run for 894 continuous days between 26 April 1992 and 7 October 1994. Heysham B-2 has been generating electricity for 28 years. EDF Energy recently extended the unit’s operating life by seven years to 2030. “Since the acquisition of the UK nuclear fleet in 2009, we have increased its output by 50%, safety performance by 51% and lifespan by 25%," EDF Energy chief executive officer Vincent de Rivaz said in a statement. “The output for the year in 2008 was 40 TWh. In 2015 it was 60.6Twh. The difference of 20 TWh per year is the equivalent of 6% of the UK's electricity annual needs,” he added.

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