13 Apr 15

Heysham 1's community boost

Heysham 1 starts its planned maintenance shutdown.

ONE of the nuclear reactors at Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire was taken out of service on Monday April 13 for a major maintenance programme worth around £30m.

One thousand extra workers will join the site’s 700-strong team during the ten-week period, providing a boost to the local economy.

The team will carry out more than 13,000 separate pieces of work – each carefully planned during the last two years of preparation.

Ian Stewart, station director at Heysham 1, said: “The team here at Heysham 1 is ready for what will be a busy time for the station and they will be supported by many hundreds of contractors.

“The shutdown brings significant benefits to the area – with many contractors choosing to stay locally during this period.”

Heysham 1’s two reactors generate enough low carbon electricity to power around two million homes, so saving around six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The extensive programme of work will see inspections inside the reactor, as well as the installation of new equipment at the plant. The biggest projects include replacing two large gas circulators which help cool the reactor.

The site is also planning to carry out modifications to the reactor boiler spines, by adding some insulation material to reduce the heat in this area.

The maintenance periods, known as ‘statutory outages’, take place every three years on each reactor and are planned in advance with the National Grid to ensure that there is no impact on the national electricity supply.

Heysham 1’s other reactor is due to continue operating normally throughout the period.

The power station is due to continue operating until 2019, but is planning to operate beyond that date and life extension work is underway at present.

For more information contact:

Martyn Butlin
Media Officer (North and Midlands)
01524 863 565
07768 577 822

EDF Energy in the North West

In the North West EDF Energy operates Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 power stations which employ over 1,100 staff and 400 contracting partners. As well as generating enough power to serve some four million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to over 190,000 customers with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Urenco UK Ltd, Morrisons, Jaguar Land Rover Limited and PPG Industries UK Ltd, right here in the North West. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.