Sizewell B nuclear plant returns to full power: The 1,200MW Sizewell B nuclear station run by EDF Energy has gone back onto full power as delectricity demand returns to normal in the UK.
The plant was run at half capacity for a period of four months to help manage the impact of very low power demand on the stability of the network after an agreement with National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).
It was run in parallel to National Grid ESO’s existing balancing of all forms of electricity generation.
EDF believes nuclear is not only compatible with helping achieve National Grid ESO’s target to make the grid capable of operating with 100% zero carbon electricity by 2025 “but it is necessary to make it possible”.
Managing Director for EDF’s Generation business, Matt Sykes said: “We are pleased to have Sizewell B power station back at full power and playing its important role to help Britain achieve net zero.
“It’s not normally desirable to reduce such a major source of low carbon power but these are exceptional times and we were pleased to be able to help National Grid ESO deal with the challenges of system stability.”
Sizewell B nuclear plant returns to full power