EDF said it found an "unexpected" defect on a boiler unit during a routine inspection of one of two reactors at Heysham nuclear power station in
No other defects were found on inspection of the other boiler units, but EDF said it has decided to shut down the other reactor at Heysham, as well as the two reactors at the Hartelpool nuclear power station near
"The resulting reduction in output from the affected nuclear power stations is currently estimated to reduce
EDF, which owns and operates 15 nuclear plants at eight nuclear power stations across the
Most of the
All but one of EDF's power stations are scheduled to close by the end of 2023, but the company is in talks with the regulator to extend the life of its fleet.
EDF plans to build two new reactors at
EDF and the government are currently awaiting an EU decision on whether the investment contract equates to state aid.
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