Green light to restart Scottish nuclear plant where cracks found


(Reuters) – EDF Energy will be allowed to restart a reactor at its Hunterston plant in Scotland where cracks were found last year, for an initial four month period, Britain’s nuclear regulator said on Tuesday.

The Hunterston B nuclear plant on the west coast of Scotland is more than 40 years old and when operating can provide enough electricity to power more than 1.7 million homes. 

It has two reactors, so called reactors 3 and 4, which were both taken offline last year after cracks were found on the graphite core during routine inspections at the facility. 

Before either reactor could restart EDF Energy had to provide safety cases to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to show they would be safe to operate even in the unlikely event of an earthquake.

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