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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Sticking plasters for nukes Reply with quote

Hinkley B and Sizewell B life to be extended by seven years.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful news. That will give us time to build plenty more renewables, and implement radical energy saving. After the seven years we can abandon nuclear and fossil fuels Very Happy.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: Sticking plasters for nukes Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
Hinkley B and Sizewell B life to be extended by seven years.


SizewellB?????
That's the only PWR in operation in the UK (when it's not down for maintenance) and only became operational in 1995. It's decommission date is 2035
Don't you mean Sizewell A - oh, hang on a mo, that's shut....
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20590172
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Hinkley Point B in Somerset, and Hunterston B in North Ayrshire, are now expected to remain operational until 2023. Both had been due to cease generation in 2016.


Here's a chart I produced some five years ago:


Heysham and Hartlepool have subsequently had their lifes extended by two years and now Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B get an extra seven years.

What's interesting is that Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B are the oldest AGR by some margin (coming on line in '76) and have already had an extension to 2016. The announcement today is a 2nd extension. The other point to note is that reactors at these two sites are operating at only 70-80% capacity
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we know what implications this has, if any? Were the initial lifetimes just guesses, so that a change to them isn't particularly significant? Or is it truly a "get back on the pitch, even if you can only stand in the way" type situation?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Sticking plasters for nukes Reply with quote

raspberry-blower wrote:
biffvernon wrote:
Hinkley B and Sizewell B life to be extended by seven years.


SizewellB?????

Embarassed I think I may have meant Hunterston B. It was on the radio this morning just before I woke up. Might just have been a nightmare.

Nope, it's true: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20590172
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're cracking up, Biff (this is a transferred epithet).
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like transferred epithets.
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