Defueling Dungeness removes potential capacity and means we need to get on with building new nuclear

8 June 2021

EDF has announced that it is to move it’s Dungeness B nuclear facility from outage to its defueling phase.

landscape image of Dungeness B nuclear power station

The station had been operating under planned outage which means it wasn’t generating but could be brought back online if required.

Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary of Prospect, responding to news from EDF that it is moving Dungeness B into the defueling phase, said:

“Moving Dungeness B from outage into the defueling phase removes potential generating capacity from the UK. With conventional power stations also coming offline this means that the prospect of an energy gap, especially in times of low output/high usage, is very real.

“If we are to achieve our Net Zero goals and maintain security of supply it is imperative that the government stops prevaricating and gets on with the job of building a new generation of nuclear power stations.

“Prospect will also be working with EDF to ensure the retention or redistribution of as many jobs as possible over the coming years.”


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