EDF Energy has announced that it is starting the defueling phase of Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent, Britain with immediate effect.
The two reactors at the plant have been offline since 2018, due to an extended outage in which EDF has been managing what it describes as a range of “unique, significant, and ongoing technical challenges” not found in other British reactors. It said: “As a result, EDF has taken a decision not to restart the plant but to move it into the defueling stage.”
John Benn, Station Director at Dungeness B, said: “EDF has had to make a hard decision – but it is the right one. It gives our teams, our community, and our business a clear understanding of the future.”
EDF will also decommission four reactors at Hunterston and Hinkley Point by mid-2022.