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Britain's nuclear regulator gives go-ahead for Hunterston B-7 reactor to restart

Thu, 27th Aug 2020 14:39

By Nina Chestney

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Britain's nuclear regulator has
given the go-ahead for EDF Energy's Hunterston B-7 reactor to
restart at the end of August after a prolonged outage.

The approval is for around six months of operation.

Hunterston B-7 reactor, also called unit 3, has been offline
since March 2018 due to cracks in the graphite bricks which form
the reactor core.

"We... have scrutinised the nature of the cracking observed
in reactor 3 and are satisfied that it will not prevent the
reactor from operating safely or impede its ability to be shut
down if required during this period," said the Office for
Nuclear Regulation's deputy chief inspector Donald Urquhart.
(Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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