Highest UK nuclear output in 8 years for EDF

EDF Energy generated its highest amount of nuclear power in the UK for eight years in 2013. Its French parent company’s annual results published today show it hit 60.5 terrawatt […]

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By Vicky Ellis

EDF Energy generated its highest amount of nuclear power in the UK for eight years in 2013.

Its French parent company’s annual results published today show it hit 60.5 terrawatt hours’ (TWh) worth of energy in the year just gone.

That’s up by 0.5 TWh compared with 2012.

What’s more the company plans to extend the life of its nuclear plant Dungeness B (pictured) by ten years, until 2028.

The firm said all seven of its power stations (the Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors) and the Sizewell B station (Pressurised Water Reactor, pictured) should be operating in 2023 when Hinkley Point C is due to be commissioned.

This depends on whether it takes a final investment decision on the new plant in 2014.

Earnings before interest and tax for the whole French group – which includes work in the UK, France and Italy – rose 5.5% to €16.8 billion (£14bn).

In the UK business, earnings before interest and tax grew 2% to €1,992m (£1,636m). The supplier said this includes an “unfavourable exchange rate effect” of €92m (£76m).

Henri Proglio, Chairman and CEO of EDF said: “With rising results in line with targets, EDF continued to advance in 2013. Good operating performance was highlighted by strong growth in renewable energies, of nearly 23% in France, resulting in an improvement in the Group’s overall output.”

He added he expected the group will “fully play its role as a major industrial company in Europe for the years to come”.

The French supplier said bigger output from hydropower and renewable energy meant the group reduced its CO2 emissions to 116 grams per kilowatt hour.