Heysham Power Station closes reactors after defect detected

Heysham Power Station closes reactors after defect detected

Heysham Power Station closes reactors after defect detected

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HEYSHAM Nuclear Power Station has shut down two reactors after a defect was detected.

A routine test carried out in June found 'an unexplained result' in the boiler spine of reactor one.

It has been shut since June 11 but today EDF Energy announced they made a 'conservative decision' to shut down reactor two because it is of a similar design.

They have also closed both reactors at their Hartlepool site.

EDF Energy say the closure poses no risk to public health and that there should be no changes to their customers' current energy service.

A statement on EDF Energy's website states: "More detailed inspections of the affected boiler spine during an outage on Heysham 1 Reactor 1 that commenced in June 2014 have confirmed a defect in the location indicated by the initial findings.

"Heysham 1 Reactor 1 remains shut down while work continues to characterise the nature of the defect.

"Although routine inspections of other boiler spines have not previously indicated any similar defects, EDF Energy has taken the conservative decision to shut down Heysham 1 Reactor 2 and Hartlepool Reactors 1 and 2 that are of similar design over the next few days to carry out further inspections in order to satisfy itself and the Regulator that the reactors can be safely returned to service.

It is estimated that the reactors will be closed for up to eight weeks.

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12:42am Tue 12 Aug 14

marianneb says...

Tonights BBC Northwest news treated us to some brilliant propaganda in the form of Malcolm Grimston saying “there is nothing to worry about.” Malcolm Grimston is the guru who is an expert on the “public perception of nuclear.” He is wheeled out by the BBC when the nuclear industry has a bad bit of news to impart and wants a safe pair of hands.

The contrast between BBC Northwest’s critical stance on fracking and its entirely toadying approach to nuclear is becoming difficult to ignore.

Local architect Mo Kelly has been doing the job that our supposed investigative journalists should be doing in questioning nuclear. The following is correspondence sent to the Garstang Courier:

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Please find my letter dated 2 July 2014 sent to Fiona Finch at Garstang Courier, which to my knowledge was not published at the time. My letter gives more detail around what EDF are now acknowledging is not an “anomaly” but more specifically – a “fault ” in a boiler (a “crack in a boiler” according to ITV lunchtime news)

Please note Ian Stewart Station Director of Heysham 1’s reply to me at the Local Community Liaison Council meeting of 23 May 2014.

I asked the question ” Would Heysham 1 have to be decommissioned if the anomaly cannot be resolved ie. if the fault cannot be rectified?” and Ian’s answer to me was “Yes”

Please also note that EDF are leaning on the Office for Nuclear Regulation to actually change the safety limits on the performance of the graphite brick within the reactor core. These graphite bricks, like the now failing boilers, are another safety feature built into these now ageing AGR reactors to ensure their safe operation (see attached email)

As a concerned local resident and reader of your newspaper, I have to question recent headlines in both Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor “Nuclear is here to stay” and “Looking to a long nuclear future”. There are over 180,000 of us living within a 10 mile radius of the four elderly AGR reactors at Heysham 1 and 2.

I am writing to demand that EDF places public safety as paramount above any desire to continue the operation of failing, unsafe and inefficient out of date AGR nuclear reactors.
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Well said Mo!
Tonights BBC Northwest news treated us to some brilliant propaganda in the form of Malcolm Grimston saying “there is nothing to worry about.” Malcolm Grimston is the guru who is an expert on the “public perception of nuclear.” He is wheeled out by the BBC when the nuclear industry has a bad bit of news to impart and wants a safe pair of hands. The contrast between BBC Northwest’s critical stance on fracking and its entirely toadying approach to nuclear is becoming difficult to ignore. Local architect Mo Kelly has been doing the job that our supposed investigative journalists should be doing in questioning nuclear. The following is correspondence sent to the Garstang Courier: ......... Please find my letter dated 2 July 2014 sent to Fiona Finch at Garstang Courier, which to my knowledge was not published at the time. My letter gives more detail around what EDF are now acknowledging is not an “anomaly” but more specifically – a “fault ” in a boiler (a “crack in a boiler” according to ITV lunchtime news) Please note Ian Stewart Station Director of Heysham 1’s reply to me at the Local Community Liaison Council meeting of 23 May 2014. I asked the question ” Would Heysham 1 have to be decommissioned if the anomaly cannot be resolved ie. if the fault cannot be rectified?” and Ian’s answer to me was “Yes” Please also note that EDF are leaning on the Office for Nuclear Regulation to actually change the safety limits on the performance of the graphite brick within the reactor core. These graphite bricks, like the now failing boilers, are another safety feature built into these now ageing AGR reactors to ensure their safe operation (see attached email) As a concerned local resident and reader of your newspaper, I have to question recent headlines in both Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor “Nuclear is here to stay” and “Looking to a long nuclear future”. There are over 180,000 of us living within a 10 mile radius of the four elderly AGR reactors at Heysham 1 and 2. I am writing to demand that EDF places public safety as paramount above any desire to continue the operation of failing, unsafe and inefficient out of date AGR nuclear reactors. ........ Well said Mo! marianneb
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3:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

Are these the same people who want to bury nuclear waste under the Lake District National Park.

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
Are these the same people who want to bury nuclear waste under the Lake District National Park. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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