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Sizewell B: Nuclear plant back up and running after shut down

PUBLISHED: 10:01 13 March 2012

Sizewell B nuclear power station has been returned to service

Sizewell B nuclear power station has been returned to service

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BOSSES at Sizewell B have confirmed that the power station is now back up and running.

The nuclear plant had been off-line for just over a week following an electrical fault.

As a result the reactor and turbines were shut down, meaning that it could not generate electricity.

However a spokesman for EDF Energy, which owns the power station, has confirmed that it has now returned to service, although it is running at just half its capacity.

“The reactor and Turbine 2 at the power station were resynchronised to the national grid at 4.30am this morning,” he said. “This means that Sizewell B is currently working at half capacity, generating enough electricity for about one million homes.”

The reactor automatically shut down at 8.15pm on Friday, March 2 following an electrical fault on the non nuclear side of the plant.

Turbine 1 remains offline but work is continuing to bring it back online shortly.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B station director, said: “Our staff and contract partners have worked systematically to repair the electrical fault before bringing the reactor back on line in a safe, managed way.

“We have decided to bring the station back on line in a phased manner. Turbine 2 has been brought back online first and we are now working to get Turbine 1 back up, returning the station to generating at full capacity.”

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