THE boss of Hartlepool Power Station once again pledged his determination to extend the life of the nuclear plant.
Station director Simon Parsons told a Hartlepool Neighbourhood Forum that he believes the station can continue to generate electricity until 2024, five years longer than the current planned shutdown in 2019.
Mr Parsons said: “That’s our aspiration. I believe the granite and boilers and infrastructure can operate safely for 10 more years.
“That will continue to provide local jobs for 10 more years.”
Hartlepool is currently on a Government list of potential sites for a new power station, but Mr Parsons told the audience it was not a decision in his hands.
“All I can do is give Hartlepool the very best chance to operate safely for as long as it can.”
The power station, on Tees Road, employs around 700 people and is worth £400 million a year to the local economy.
Both of its nuclear reactors are currently offline, one was a planned shutdown.
The second is off for safety checks after a problem at a sister EDF site near Lancaster of the same design.
Mr Parsons said: “We expect both to come back to power in November. I’m doing everything in my power to get the units back on.”