Sizewell B: Nuclear power station taken off-line after electrical fault

SIZEWELL B nuclear power station is currently off-line, bosses have said.

The plant stopped generating electricity on Friday evening following an electrical fault.

Both turbines were taken offline and the automatic shutdown of the reactor took place safely.

The fault occurred on the non-nuclear side of the power plant and there is no risk to public safety, a spokesman for EDF, which owns the plant, said.

Engineers are investigating the precise cause of the fault.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B station director, said: “This brings to an end a sequence of 1,210 days since our last unplanned automatic shutdown.

“However, the response of the staff on duty on Friday night, and over the weekend, has been exemplary.

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“They worked with skill and professionalism to ensure the reactor shutdown safely and put all the procedures in place to allow us to begin recovery work to get the station back on line as soon as possible.”

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