Heysham 2 power station lifetime review carried out

January 04, 2022 - 12:00am

Heysham 2 power station lifetime review carried out

EDF has confirmed a change to the expected end of generation dates for two of its nuclear power stations. Heysham 2, in Lancashire, and Torness, in East Lothian, are now expected to continue generating until 2028. 

In 2016, the sites’ operational lives were extended by seven years to 2030. 

Operational dates are under constant review and since then inspection, modelling and operational experience from other sites, have given EDF a clearer picture of lifetime expectations for the AGR fleet as the stations age. This revision will help with planning and certainty for staff and stakeholders. 

Mark Lees, station director at Heysham 2, said: “Investment in the plant means Heysham 2 is already operating beyond its expected 25-30 year generating life and is one of the most productive of EDF’s fleet of nuclear power stations. 

“Since it first started making electricity in 1988, it has produced more than 280 terawatt hours of safe, reliable zero-carbon electricity. 

“To put that huge amount into context, that means Heysham 2 alone has safely produced enough electricity to meet the UK’s demand for two and a half years. 

“Heysham 2 employs more than 750 staff and has an annual wage bill of around £40m a year, and as most people live locally that provides a boost to the local economy.” 

Heysham 1 will operate until 2024, and since it first started producing power it has clocked up 220 terawatt hours – the equivalent of powering all UK homes for more than two years. 

In the autumn EDF announced that its nuclear fleet had produced more than 2000 terawatt hours of zero carbon electricity. 

Each year the nuclear business, which employs 5000 staff, spends more than £800m through its supply chain, 93% of which is spent with UK companies, and since taking over the nuclear fleet in 2009 it has invested over £6bn in the plants.