The 1.1 gigawatt (GW) Dungeness B site’s two reactors – unit 21 and unit 22 – have been offline for planned outages since late last summer. The company has been carrying out inspections and maintenance of pipes that carry steam to the turbine at the plant on the south coast of England.
The company is also trying to complete repair work on corrosion identified during inspections of safety back-up systems.
Dungeness B-21 went out of service on planned maintenance last September and was scheduled to come back online in April. That outage has now been extended to Sept. 30.
Dungeness B-22 went offline last August and was scheduled to come back in April. That has been extended to Oct. 15.
“Although the reactors at Dungeness B have been off for some time, we are taking appropriate measures to carry out a very full and thorough service, which will stand us in good stead for the future,” a company spokesman said.
“As a result of this, we have decided to again inform the regulators of our intention to extend our outage.”
EDF Energy operates 15 nuclear reactors in Britain, providing about 20 percent of the country’s electricity.
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