British Energy's Heysham 2-7 nuclear output cut

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - British Energy's Heysham 2-7 nuclear power reactor was running at about a third of its capacity on Wednesday after output was cut for planned refuelling, a spokesman for the plant said.

'It is low power refuelling,' he said, without giving any indication how long the 625-megawatt reactor would have to remain at reduced output.

Data from National Grid showed the reactor, one of two at the Heysham 2 power plant, was producing about 210 MW on Wednesday morning.

The other reactor at the plant in northwest England was refuelled in April and is due to shut for about 53 days of maintenance beginning in September, the website of the UK's Health and Safety Executive said in April.

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