Hartlepool’s nuclear power station to help Britain avoid energy crisis

Hartlepool power station's second nuclear reactor is currently the subject of an unplanned shut down.
Hartlepool power station's second nuclear reactor is currently the subject of an unplanned shut down.

HARTLEPOOL’S nuclear power station is set to help Britain avoid an energy crisis this winter.

The town’s power plant could be back online within days or, at the very latest, by the end of the year.

And other nuclear stations under the ownership of EDF Energy are also on the way back.

It comes after national speculation that the UK faces its tightest energy crunch in eight years - although a closer look shows network capacity is classified as “healthy.”

A report from National Grid said the electricity energy margin – the gap between total electricity generating capacity and peak demand – to be just 4.1 per cent, the narrowest since 2006/7.

But the same report also shows gas levels are well stocked and classed as “well in excess of maximum demand.”

But there was also good news from bosses at EDF Energy who own and run the nuclear power station in Hartlepool, as well as a similar plant at Heysham.

Both of Hartlepool’s nuclear reactors are currently offline. One was a planned shutdown, while the second is off for safety checks after a problem at its sister EDF site near Lancaster of the same design.

A spokesman said: “EDF Energy is carrying out a programme of boiler inspections at its Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear power stations. This programme is progressing well and EDF Energy has said it expects to return these four units to service between early November and the end of the year.”

The report also revealed that demand during Christmas week is likely to be higher this year because the feast falls on a Thursday.

Last year when it fell on a Wednesday many workplaces were only partially operational in the week days leading up to Christmas, but this time Monday and Tuesday will be normal working days.

Energy Minister Matt Hancock insisted that the lights would stay on for households across the country.