British Energy

British Energy says August nuclear output up 3% on month

Thursday, September 2, 2010

British Energy said Wednesday that output from its 15 nuclear reactors reached 3.5 TWh in August, up 3% from July, following the restart of the UK generator's Dungeness B-21 reactor on August 19.

The 550 MW Dungeness B-21 unit in Kent generated power for the first time in a year in August, following an extended outage to repair a pipe adjacent to a boiler reheater.

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Blaze inside nuclear power station takes firemen seven hours to bring under control

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A fire inside a nuclear power station took firefighters seven hours to extinguish yesterday.

Emergency plans were put into effect as more than 45 firemen tackled the blaze at the Sizewell B station near Leiston, Suffolk.

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Safety alert at Dungeness B nuclear power station

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A safety incident at Dungeness B nuclear power station forced the suspension of operations in a section of a plant, it has been disclosed.

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Spark going out for British Energy

Thursday, November 27, 2008

THE owner of Torness Power Station has seen earnings plummet in the first half of the year as a result of lower electricity output.

British Energy said pre-tax earnings fell by 50 per cent to £257 million in the six months to September 28.

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Coal regains crown as slump in nuclear output raises fears of power shortages

Sunday, November 16, 2008

ENERGY GAP: Power suppliers are turning back the clock to use coal-fired plants as their main source of electricity in a bid to avert potential shortages this winter.

POWER SUPPLIERS are turning back the clock to use coal-fired plants as their main source of electricity in a bid to avert potential shortages this winter.

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British Energy Sizewell B2 nuclear plant off line

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The B2 turbine at British Energy's Sizewell nuclear power plant was offline on Monday morning, a website operated by the National Grid showed.

The unit in southeast England has capacity of 594 MW.

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Police given £10k for Sizewell protests

Thursday, November 6, 2008

POLICE officers who are called to protests outside Suffolk's nuclear power station will receive specialised training and equipment courtesy of those who own the reactor.

British Energy has given £10,000 to the county's police force to help them remove campaigners from the site at Sizewell.

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Britain sets up nuclear funding watchdog

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Britain has set up a watchdog to ensure that decommissioning the nuclear power plants that the government wants to be built, and disposing of the waste, does not cost the taxpayer anything.

The Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board (NLFAB) will scrutinise how the companies planning to build the new power plants will pay to shut them at the end of their useful lives and clean up the radioactive waste they produce.

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EDF banks struggle to share loan risk -paper

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) - The seven banks guaranteeing a loan to help French power company EDF finance the takeover of British Energy are struggling to find additional banks to share the risk, Les Echos reported on Tuesday.

EDF last month launched an 11 billion pound ($17.9 billion) loan backing the 12.5 billion pound acquisition with BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, Calyon, HSBC 005.HK, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Capital and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi. The loan was conservatively structured with short-term maturities and generous pricing after EDF's bid was recommended by British Energy's board in September.

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British Energy's Hunterston B7 shutdown unplanned

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

LONDON (Reuters) - British Energy's Hunterston B7 nuclear reactor was shutdown manually late on Tuesday but it is still unclear why the reactor in Scotland needed to be stopped, a spokesman for the company said.

"We are still looking into that," he said on Wednesday.

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