25 Sep 17
Dungeness B

Dungeness B is back to full power

Kent power station is back to full capacity, safely providing low-carbon electricity for around two million UK homes

•  One of the two reactors is back online after a 14-week planned maintenance project
•  1200 extra specialist workers joined the 750-strong workforce
•  More than 12,000 separate pieces of work safely completed

A THREE and a half month maintenance project involving 1200 extra staff has been safely & successfully completed at Dungeness B power station on the Kent coastline.

Every three years the station completes a maintenance and inspection programme on each of its two reactors, with unit 21 being the focus of this year’s 14-week project.

Dungeness B station director, Ian Stewart, said: “2016 was a record-breaking year for the station. We generated enough electricity to power almost two million homes – or the whole of Kent three times over.

“Part of how we achieved this is the continued investment and regular maintenance programmes like this planned shutdown.

“Thank you to all the staff at the station and our many contract partners, for their hard work and dedication throughout this busy period – a great job.”

The outage has also provided a significant boost to the regional economy with local hotels, restaurants and taxi firms all benefitting from the extra 1200 workers staying in the area.

Dungeness B started operating in 1983 and is set to continue producing low-carbon electricity until 2028.

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

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