Reactor switched off at Heysham nuclear plant

EDF Energy switched off one of the reactors at Heysham 1 nuclear power plant last night after a water leak linked to a turbine. The generator said there was no […]

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By Vicky Ellis

EDF Energy switched off one of the reactors at Heysham 1 nuclear power plant last night after a water leak linked to a turbine.

The generator said there was no risk of a radiation leak at unit 2 of the power station.

It could not say when it would restart the unit – which refers to the reactor and the generating turbine – for commercially sensitive reasons.

The unit is not the one which prompted EDF to shut all reactors at Heysham and Hartlepool nuclear plants for safety inspections when a “defect” was found. All plants were back in action by the start of 2015.