Hinkley Point B power station to continue operating until 2023

Chard & Ilminster News: EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz

HINKLEY Point B power station is to continue operating until 2023 after it was granted an extension to its license, it was announced this morning.

The nuclear plant, on the Somerset coastline, had been due to stop operating in 2016 but will now continue for a further seven years.

Site operator EDF Energy has applied to build a third power station at the site, Hinkley Point C, with a decision from planners expected in the new year.

EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “This decision will bring significant benefits to the community in terms of jobs and additional economic activity.

"Our nuclear generation business provides work for more than 300 companies in the supply chain and around 90% of our total £650m annual spend in the supply chain goes to British companies.

“In addition it will provide further opportunities for training of a new generation of nuclear engineers as we seek to develop the UK’s position as a primary source for skills and expertise in the industry.

"Locally we are well advanced in our plans for a new nuclear power station that will place Somerset at the heart of the low carbon future for the UK.”

Mike Harrison, Hinkley Point B’s station director, said: "This is great news for all of us at Hinkley Point B and for everyone in the local community.

"The decision means we can continue to provide highly skilled jobs and bring major investment to the area.

"It shows EDF Energy recognises the professionalism and commitment of our staff in safely supplying low carbon electricity for more than 36 years."

Hinkley Point B employs around 535 full time staff, including 44 apprentices, as well as 220 full time staff from contract partners.

The station has produced around 250 terawatt hours (TWh) of generation since first supplying the National Grid in February 1976.

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7:31pm Tue 4 Dec 12

BaldCarl2 says...

Nice one EDF - milk Hinkley B for all it's worth (after all, its only running at 70% capacity) and then hand it over to the nuclear decommissioning authority when it ceases to make you any money. The NDA can then be responsible for the site for decades whilst you move onto another one. And another one etc.

And all the EDF haters - you're wasting your time. Certainly whilst EDF have the government in their pocket. Mr ILG was at the new EDF showroom in Angel Place today with all the other VIPs. The public weren't invited though and the place was crawling with Old Bill (don't want the protesters getting in the way now do we?)
Nice one EDF - milk Hinkley B for all it's worth (after all, its only running at 70% capacity) and then hand it over to the nuclear decommissioning authority when it ceases to make you any money. The NDA can then be responsible for the site for decades whilst you move onto another one. And another one etc. And all the EDF haters - you're wasting your time. Certainly whilst EDF have the government in their pocket. Mr ILG was at the new EDF showroom in Angel Place today with all the other VIPs. The public weren't invited though and the place was crawling with Old Bill (don't want the protesters getting in the way now do we?) BaldCarl2

7:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

BaldCarl2 says...

Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor)
Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor) BaldCarl2

7:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

BaldCarl2 says...

Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor)
Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor) BaldCarl2

8:00am Sat 8 Dec 12

dotbydot says...

Why can't your newsdesk spell licence properly?
Why can't your newsdesk spell licence properly? dotbydot

1:13pm Mon 10 Dec 12

ILMV says...

BaldCarl2 wrote:
Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor)
All that power and I bet Hinkley Point couldn't lap the Top Gear track quicker than a butterfly in a hurricane... I also reckon it'd understeer like a boat.
[quote][p][bold]BaldCarl2[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Vincent de Rivaz look like Quentin Wilson (ex top gear instructor)[/p][/quote]All that power and I bet Hinkley Point couldn't lap the Top Gear track quicker than a butterfly in a hurricane... I also reckon it'd understeer like a boat. ILMV

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