Hartlepool nuclear plant back online

EDF Energy switched on another nuclear reactor at the Hartlepool power plant in the early hours of the morning. Hartlepool was closed for safety inspections in August after a crack was found in the boiler spine of its sister plant, Heysham 1. Both the plants have eight boilers, which channel heat away from the reactor […]

Working weekend – EDF nuclear plants back online

Four of EDF Energy’s nuclear reactors were plugged back into the UK’s power system over the weekend. It should ease up pressure on the national grid which was facing much tighter margins this winter after the surprise outages of two EDF nuclear plants earlier in September. The reconnections bring to an end three months of inspections […]

EDF shuts nuclear plants after unexpected “defect”

EDF Energy has shut down two of its nuclear power stations in the UK for safety inspections because of a “defect” in one reactor at Heysham 1 plant. Today the firm said it has taken the “conservative” decision for Heysham and its sister plant Hartlepool after a suspected defect in a boiler at Heysham 1 […]

Small fire at Hartlepool nuclear power plant

The fire brigade were called to a small fire at the Hartlepool nuclear power station over the weekend. The plant operator EDF Energy confirmed there was an oil leak and small fire on the lagging around part of the turbine equipment in unit 2 on Saturday around 6.30pm, which was totally extinguished within two hours. […]

Tata invest £7 million in Hartlepool plant

Tata Steel is set to invest £7 million in order to improve productivity and customer service at its Hartlepool. The investment will improve the welding capabilities of two of the company’s Hartlepool mills. The £7m investment will also include new cranes, handling equipment and storage at both mills. Ramsay Ross, a director of Tata Steel’s […]

Huhne hails Hinkley’s nuclear potential

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne today visited Hinkley Point in Somerset, the site of EDF Energy’s proposed new nuclear power station. His trip to the site comes as the government’s consultation on Energy National Policy Statements ends today. Mr Huhne said: “A new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has the potential to make an important […]