About Heysham 2

Heysham 2 is a nuclear power station on the north west coast of England near Lancaster. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have two operating nuclear power stations. 

  • Station Director: John Munro
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1230 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated end of generation: 2030
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 250 full time contract partners
Last updated: 05 Dec 2016 12.31hrs Generation (MW) data as at: 05 Dec 2016 13.30hrs

Reactor 7

Turbine Generator 7

In service
627MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Apr-2018

Reactor 8

Turbine Generator 8

In service
630MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Jan 2020

Notes

Nominal full load refers to the nominal maximum generation in megawatts from a reactor.  The output from a reactor can fluctuate even when at full load for many reasons (e.g. plant conditions, sea water temperatures, operating limits/constraints etc).  Where the output of a reactor is reduced by approximately 10% or more of its maximum, the reason for this will be shown.  Generation figures are net of any imports into the station and may be negative when a unit is not generating.

Return to service dates are provided to the same accuracy as provided to National Grid under the requirements of the Grid Code and refer to the first full day of operation.  Where a return to service date falls within approximately two weeks of the date of this report, the exact date will be shown.  Where a return to service date is expected to fall more than two weeks into the future, the week commencing in which a reactor is due to return to service will be indicated (shown as “w/c”).

Additional information on the availability of our nuclear power stations can be found on our REMIT page.

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Community

EDF Energy hold regular meetings (Local Community Liaison Council or LCLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting and questions will be taken at the end of session. 

The next LCLC is Friday 3 February 2017 at the Heysham power stations visitor centre. The meeting will begin at 10:00am with refreshments served from 09:30am. 

Read our latest community report (PDF)

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Contact us

  • Address:
    EDF Energy
    Heysham 2 power station
    Morecambe
    Lancashire
    LA3 2XH
     
  • Reception: +44 (0)1524 863863
  • Media requests: Martyn Butlin, +44 (0)1524 863565
  • Community requests: Lisa Wood, +44 (0)1524 863851
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Visit us

Drop into our visitor centre or book a station tour to see for yourself how we generate electricity in a nuclear power station. 

Our visitor centre has an interactive exhibition where you can find out more about nuclear power generation. We also offer pre-booked tours of the power station and it's all free of charge. 

 

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Heysham 1

EDF Energy also operates another power station in Heysham. Find out more about Heysham 1.

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Safety and reporting

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity.

Because nuclear safety is our overriding priority, we have produced a summary of our nuclear safety and waste policies and management systems.

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