EDF Confirm Nuclear Life Extensions Across Their Fleet

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EDF Energy recently announced that Hartlepool and Heysham 1 facilities will remain in service up until 2019. It is believed that EDF will also conduct studies in 2016 to assess the possibility of extending the life of both plants beyond 2019.

After announcements earlier this year from EDF stating that they would also be looking at 60 year lifetimes for their current fleet in France, it is clear that they plan to steamroller ahead with their life extensions and subsequent maintenance tasks.

The World Nuclear Association states on their website that this proposed work “would involve replacement of all steam generators (3 in each 900 MWe reactor, 4 in each 1300 MWe unit) and other refurbishment, costing EUR 400-600 million per unit to take them beyond 40 years.”

With utilities across Europe assessing the possibility and business case of life extensions and consequent maintenance tasks, this is going to mean huge spends for nuclear operators as well as big business for contractors and vendors.

It is well documented that maintenance and modernization projects are both costly and technically challenging. If costs and outage times are to be kept to a minimum then careful planning is required and common sense strategies must be put in place.

Nuclear Energy Insider will be hosting a Nuclear Maintenance and Plant Modernization Conference on May 25-26, 2011 in Brussels with utilities from across Europe coming to share their knowledge of life extensions, long-term operation planning and routine maintenance and refurbishment strategies.

At http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/maintenance you will find more details including the conference agenda, speaking organisation and registration options.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

Dean Murphy
Senior Industry Analyst
Nuclear Energy Insider

Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7204
Email: dmurphy(at)eyeforenergy(dot)com

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