EDF has announced plans to extend the lives of Heysham 1 and Hartlepool, two of the UK’s five remaining nuclear power stations. These had been due to close in March 2024, but they will now be kept open until early 2026.
EDF said that this will support UK energy security, reduce demand for imported gas, and reduce carbon emissions.
Heysham 1 and Hartlepool began operating in 1983. Each has two AGR reactors, and were originally scheduled for closure in 2014. Two prior lifetime extensions had taken the closure date to March 2024. EDF said that the decision to keep the two plants open had been taken following a “rigorous review” of the technical and commercial cases for keeping them open.