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EDF, in its annual fleet update, said it plans to invest a further £1.3bn ($1.65bn) in the UK’s five generating NPPs over 2024-26, taking the total invested in the fleet to nearly £9bn since 2009. EDF Energy manages the UK’s eight nuclear power station sites, five in operation (Sizewell B, Torness, Heysham 2, Heysham 1, Hartlepool) and three that are being defuelled pending decommissioning (Hunterston B, Hinkley Point B and Dungeness B).

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
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EDF Energy has announced it will invest a further GBP1.3 billion (USD1.7 billion) in the UK's five operating nuclear power plants over the next two years and plans to further extend the lives of the four operating Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) plants.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
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A temporary water desalination plant, powered with electricity from Sizewell B, is planned to meet the water requirements for the construction of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, UK. A new water main is expected to provide a permanent supply in the early 2030s.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
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The defuelling of the first reactor at the UK’s Hunterston B NPP has been completed, on time and on budget, EDF Energy reported. Reactor 3 was defuelled in 16 months and work is due to start shortly on Reactor 4.

Date: Friday, 22 September 2023
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UK government ministers have announced the release of GBP170 million (USD218 million) funding to take forward development work to prepare the Sizewell C site "for future construction, procure key components from the project’s supply chain, and expand its workforce".

Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2023
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EDF has confirmed plans to extend operation of unit 1 at the UK’s Heysham NPP and Hartlepool NPP for a further two years until 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
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Advanced gas-cooled plants could now operate until 2026 in ‘critical boost’ for energy security Hartlepool A has two advanced gas-cooled reactor units that began commercial operation in 1989. Courtesy EDF Energy. EDF Energy is to keep four nuclear power reactors at the Heysham A and Hartlepool A nuclear power stations operating until 2026, two years longer than previously planned, because of the impact of war in Ukraine and energy price rises.

Both the stations, in the north of England, have been operating since the 1980s. EDF announced in September 2022 it was reviewing the case for a short extension.

The two stations were originally due to end generation in 2014. EDF Energy said it invested significant resources to enable the forecast to move to 2024. This has now been moved by a further two years to March 2026.

Heysham A and Hartlepool A both have two advanced gas-cooled reactor units. According to the Intrnational Atomic Energy Agency they all began full commercial operation in 1989, although the IAEA says they were first connected to the grid in either 1983 or 1984.

According to International Atomic Energy Agency data, the net capacity of all four units combined in 2,245 MW.

Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
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Key component built in France by Framatome The RPV is the high strength steel cylinder that contains the nuclear fuel and the chain reaction needed to make heat. Courtesy EDF. The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for the first nuclear reactor built for a British power station in more than 30-years is complete and ready for delivery to Hinkley Point C in Somerset, southwest England.

The RPV is the high strength steel cylinder that contains the nuclear fuel and the chain reaction needed to make heat. The heat is used to create high pressure steam for the world’s largest turbines. EDF Energy said teams have spent 80,000 engineering hours on its construction.

At 13m long and weighing in at 500 tonnes, each of two RPVs at Hinkley Point C will help power around three million British homes. The plants are designed to run continuously for 18 months at a time between refuelling.

The RPV has been built by France by Framatome, the same nuclear engineering company which built Britain’s last nuclear reactor, at Sizewell B in 1991. Since it went into operation in 1995, that reactor has provided 247 TWh of electricity, enough to power every home in Britain for two-and-a-half years.

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
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