Sizewell B power station in “unplanned” shutdown

PUBLISHED: 21:30 18 July 2012

Sizewell B shut down around 5pm on Wednesday.

Sizewell B shut down around 5pm on Wednesday.


Sizewell B power station was unexpectedly shut down shortly after 5pm on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the nuclear power station near Leiston on the Suffolk coast said: “Sizewell B power station came offline at 17:11hrs today.

“This was an unplanned automatic shutdown. The reactor was safely shut down, with the plant responding as expected, and at no time was anyone’s safety at risk.

“We are currently assessing the situation.”

•More to follow.


  • An extremely rare event. However this highlights the uselessnes of wind power. We utterly rely on non renewable generation to power us when the renewables aren't working, for example, when its not windy. At least solar works during daylight. Wind, particulary onshore wind, is nothing more than a financial scam. It taxes the utility bill payer, provides a guaranteed income for its owner, and does absolutley NOTHING towards any realistic generation of any useable amounts of electricity. I hope they start Sizewell C asap, we're going to need it, the greenies aren't even close, and never will be. And, Ingo, I have worked with 3 different tidal power companies, they're even more mad than the wind greenies!!!

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Maybe, just as it could have been plausible in Japan's failure to get cooling equipment working, the Stux net virus, originally designed by the US, allegedly, has stricken this dangerous technology. Rather than building Sizewell C, we should safeguard our productive Fenlands and generate electricity with a wash barrier and lock system, use our sea currents, wind and wave power,as well as playing a full part in the EU's Desertec consortium. we can still operate molten salt power stations to rid ourselves of nuclear waste.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Hope its back producing power asap! So much for 'Gulliver' the turbine at Ness point, that hasnt turned for months, glad we dont rely on silly expensive useless wind turbines.

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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