Sizewell B nuclear plant approved for another decade

The Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk, England had had its license to generate power renewed for a further 10 years.
Sizewell B nuclear power plant
The UK's only operating pressurized water reactor, EDF Energy’s plant will be able to continue generating electricity until 2025 after the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation approved the power plant's latest periodic safety review.

Sizewell B was opened in 1995 and is due to operate until 2035, although EDF said this could be extended by 20 years.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B's station director, said the safety review had taken "five years of planning".

"The team working on the project include experts from around the world to check the processes and operations of the plant," he said. "No stone is left unturned."

Nuclear power plants in the UK are required to undergo a Periodic Safety Review (PSR) every ten years. The review looks back at the operation of the plant over the past decade and considers processes to manage safe operation for the next ten years. The review also looks at the experiences of other nuclear power plants around the world to see if lessons can be learned.

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