British Energy approval to start two more reactors

British Energy Group has announced that it has received regulatory approval from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to restart reactors at two of its nuclear power stations.

Reactor 3 at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station and Reactor 3 at Hunterston B nuclear power station will be turned on again - after they had been shut down because of safety issues.

These related to the repair and preparation of safety cases which arose as a result of boiler tube cracking issues.

On May 11th the company was given permission by the same body to restart Reactor 4 at Hinkley Point B, while three days later it gained permission to reignite Reactor 4 at Hunterston B.

All four units will return to service at 70 per cent of full capacity, British Energy said.

British Energy is the UK's fifth largest producer of electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's energy needs. The company says it has "clear focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence".

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