Nuclear renewal and extension needed as Hinkley Point B retires

29 July 2022

Prospect has called for nuclear renewal and the extension of online reactors as Hinkley Point B retires on Monday 1 August.

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Prospect’s Senior Deputy General Secretary Sue Ferns said: 

“After 46 years of service, Hinkley B’s retirement brings to an end the most valuable clean energy asset in British history – having produced enough energy to power every home in the UK for three years.

“The Government must build on this legacy and secure our net zero, energy secure future by immediately exploring the safe extension of Hartlepool and Heysham I, which are due to go offline in 2024 – increasing our dependence on foreign imports.

“We also urgently need to see the Government announce its investment decision for Sizewell C. With development consent having been granted last week, there is no time to lose in moving ahead with this critical project.”

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