Sizewell B Could Be Generating Power For Additional 20 Years

So runs the headline in the East Anglian Daily Times 1 7th February 2016…. Sizewell B nuclear power station could have its life extended by 20 years, owners EDF have revealed. Sizewell B is the most modern of all the county’s nuclear power stations and celebrated 21 years of generating electricity on Sunday — and is not due to be decommissioned for another 19 years. An EDF spokeswoman said: “Sizewell B will operate until 2035, but this could be extended by 20 years.”

And this astonishing claim is made now, despite the fact that B’s 20 year Periodic Safety Review will not be carried out until April this year (a year late) when the whole plant is due to be physically checked out, including its heart – the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV), all under the Office of Nuclear Regulation’s supervision. Should the RPV fail, it would involve the release of an enormous radioactive cloud, covering most of East Anglia and possibly beyond, with disastrous results.

The findings of the PSR will not be made known for some time so we do not understand how EDF could claim now for a possible 20 year extension to B’s life without the 20 year PSR’s results…

EDF ARE DEMONSTRATING A CONFIDENCE IN SIZEWELL B’S SAFE WORKING LIFE WE DO NOT SHARE…

IT IS TO BE HOPED THAT THE ONR SIMILARLY DOES NOT SHARE THIS CONFIDENCE AND WILL NOT ALLOW EDF To RUN THE PLANT FOR A FURTHER 2 0 YEARS OR WHATEVER, AT LEAST UNTIL THE PSR DATA RESULTS ARE KNOWN, AND NOT EVEN THEN.