EDF sees a “risk” of early closure of two nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom

The Torness plants in Scotland and Heysham 2 in England could close before the planned date in 2030 because of the likelihood of breaches in the reactors.

The French energy group EDF admits that there is a “riskThat two nuclear power plants in the UK are shutting down earlier than expected due to safety concerns, further complicating the country’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

Risks of breaches in reactors

The Torness plants in Scotland and Heysham 2 in the North West of England are scheduled to close in 2030 but “this could happen sooner“Because of the probability that breaches appear in the reactors, says Richard Bradfield, technical director at EDF, quoted by the daily Times Monday. “There is a risk for (the deadline) of 2030 but nothing has changed so far”, Explained a spokesperson for the group for the United Kingdom.

Richard Bradfield expects breaches to appear quickly in two other older plants in the country, Heysham 1 and Hartlepool, which are scheduled to close in 2024. A week ago, EDF announced that it would shut down its nuclear plant from Dungeness B, in the south of England, shut down since 2018 due to technical issues.

Threatened carbon neutrality strategy

The United Kingdom is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and these difficulties will greatly complicate its energy transition. According to the Times, these problems with EDF’s nuclear fleet in the United Kingdom illustrate “the failing health of the nuclear fleet“British and”ask questions about Britain’s ability to decarbonise its electricity supplyWhile adding water to the mill of detractors of nuclear energy.

As for the European pressurized nuclear reactor project EPR which was selected for a power station under construction at Hinkley in England, it accumulates delays and additional costs. The start of electricity production by the first of two reactors planned on this site is now expected in June 2026 instead of the end of 2025 as initially announced. The costs of the project have been increased: between 22 and 23 billion pounds now, against 21.5-22.5 billion previously. There is also always a “risk»Delay of 15 and 9 months on the two reactors, which would result in a new additional cost.

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