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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:01 PM
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Hinkley Point (UK nuke) power station 'may never open again' say campaigners

Both its advanced gas-cooled reactors are currently shut down and campaigners say it may never open again.

Problems at the plant include cracks in a reactor's graphite core, and cracks in boiler pipes, which are currently being repaired by engineers.

British Energy said the cracks are within its safety plan and the decommissioning date is 2011. The company brought forward a safety inspection after the cracked pipes were revealed. Documents state it cannot make a safety case for the graphite core to cover the next 10 years of the plant's life, as it will not last that long.

A statement from British Energy said: "All British Energy nuclear power stations operate under safety cases agreed and signed off by The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. Without this safety case approval, our stations would not operate. The documents reflect only a fragment of the on-going dialogue that British Energy has with its regulator."

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