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Hunterston B-2 / EDF Energy Extends Outage Over Cracks In Graphite Core

By David Dalton
19 July 2019

EDF Energy Extends Outage Over Cracks In Graphite Core
The Hunterston nuclear power station in Scotland. Photo courtesy EDF Energy.
EDF Energy has extended an outage at its Hunterston B-2 reactor in Scotland to 5 August as it continues to investigate cracks in its graphite core.

The 495-MW advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR), which began commercial operation in March 1977, was scheduled to come back online on 22 July.

It has been offline since October after routine inspections found cracks in its graphite core and the restart has been delayed several times since.

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