Sep 28, 2022

EDF Energy to examine delaying closure of two UK nuclear plants

EDF Energy is reviewing whether the closure of two of Britain's five remaining nuclear power plants could be postponed beyond 2024, to help bolster domestic energy supplies in future winters. The French-owned energy group said on Wednesday that given the "Severity of the energy crisis", it would review the case for "Short" extensions at the Hartlepool and Heysham 1 nuclear power plants in the north of England, which between them have a generation capacity of more than 2.2 gigawatts and produce enough electricity to supply around 4mn homes. Nuclear industry experts have suggested extensions of 1-2 years might be feasible at the plants, although EDF did not provide any details on how long their closure could be postponed. The move comes as governments across Europe have been revisiting both the closure of existing nuclear plants and building fleets of new reactors to help alleviate the continent's reliance on gas. Germany is keeping two of its three nuclear plants, which had been due to close at the end of the year, on standby this winter in the event of an energy crunch.

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