LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - EDF Energy has extended outages at its Dungeness B-21 and B-22 nuclear reactors in Britain until late December and late January to replace pipework, it said on Tuesday.
The two reactors have been offline for scheduled outages since late summer.
Dungeness B-21 was scheduled to come back online on Nov. 19 but this has been extended to Dec. 24. Dungeness B-22 was due to come back online on Dec. 17 but this has been extended to Jan. 31, 2019.
“The reason for the extension to these planned outages is so that we can replace a section of a steam pipe on unit 22 and carry out additional inspections on the remaining 480 metres of pipework on both of the units,” an EDF Energy spokesperson told Reuters.
The pipes carry steam from the boiler to the turbine and are not within the nuclear reactor.
“We have informed our regulator and they have noted our intentions to extend the outages to complete the inspection and repair work,” the spokesperson added.
EDF Energy, part of French utility EDF, operates 15 nuclear reactors in Britain which provide around 20 percent of the country’s electricity.
Currently there are six reactors offline on planned outages which have a combined capacity of around 3.2 gigawatts.
Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Kirsten Donovan