Tuesday, 1 February 2011

EDF shuts UK's Sizewell B nuclear plant

EDF Energy shut down Britain's 1,260-megawatt Sizewell B nuclear power plant early on Tuesday for an unplanned outage, a spokesman for the UK arm of France's EDF said.

"We took the decision to take Sizewell B offline at 0400 GMT on Feb 1," the spokesman said, declining to say why Britain's newest nuclear power station had been taken offline.

Another spokeswoman for EDF Energy said that although the shutdown on Tuesday was not one of the power station's planned statutory maintenance outages, it had been planned in the last few days and was not a sudden trip.


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