Heysham reactor shuts for planned maintenance
ONE of the nuclear reactors at Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire has been taken out of service (Feb 6) for a major maintenance programme.
Around one thousand extra workers will join the site’s 700-strong team during the eight-week period, providing a boost to the local economy.
The team will carry out more than 12,000 separate pieces of work – each carefully planned during the last two years of preparation.
Richard Bradfield, station director at Heysham 1, said: “We spend many months planning for this intense period of work for the station. But we, and our contractors and other specialists, are ready.
“Locally the area benefits from the influx of many hundreds of contractors who stay locally for the duration of the shutdown.”
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 turbine and generator inspections and maintenance as well as replacing one large gas circulator that helps with cooling the reactor.
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.
In 2016 the power station saw its operating life extended until 2024
For more information contact:Martyn Butlin
External Communications Manager - Generation
01524 863 565
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.