Sizewell B power station back up and running

BOSSES at Sizewell B have confirmed this week that the power station is now back up and running.

The nuclear plant had been off-line for just over a week following an electrical fault.

As a result the reactor and turbines were shut down, meaning that it could not generate electricity.

A spokesman for EDF Energy, which owns the power station, confirmed on Tuesday that it has now returned to service, although it is running at just half its capacity.

The spokesman said: 'The reactor and turbine two at the power station were resynchronised to the national grid at 4.30am this morning,' he said.

'This means that Sizewell B is currently working at half capacity, generating enough electricity for about one million homes.'

The reactor automatically shut down at 8.15pm on Friday, March 2 following an electrical fault on the non nuclear side of the plant.

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Turbine one remains offline but work is continuing to bring it back online shortly.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B station director, said: 'Our staff and contract partners have worked systematically to repair the electrical fault before bringing the reactor back on line in a safe, managed way.

'We have decided to bring the station back on line in a phased manner.

Turbine two has been brought back online first and we are now working to get turbine one back up, returning the station to generating at full capacity.'

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