EDF begins preliminary work on 20-year life extension for Sizewell B

EDF has begun work to extend the life of its Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk by 20 years to 2055.
It has signed contracts with three contractors – Westinghouse, Jacobs and General Electric Company – to support the preliminary life extension work at the UK’s ony PWR.
Paul Morton, EDF Chief Nuclear Officer, said, “Sizewell B power station is an important national asset that helps deliver clean, independent energy supplies. EDF is actively exploring a 20-year life extension opportunity to take output to 2055. A final investment decision is anticipated by 2024.”
The first phase of the programme includes scoping and cost-benefit analysis before a final investment decision is made in 2024. EDF estimates the value of this phase of the contracts at US$14 million to all participants.
“This collaboration, between Jacobs, General Electric, Westinghouse and EDF, brings together the original equipment manufacturer/architect engineer organizations from the design and construction of Sizewell B in the1990s,” said Jacobs Energy Security & Technology Senior Vice President Karen Wiemelt.

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