Phase 1 of the program entails scoping works and cost-benefit analysis to underpin the business case before a final investment decision is made in 2024. EDF estimates the total value of this phase at $14 million (₤10 million).
Sizewell B is the only pressurized water reactor and the most modern and efficient plant in the UK’s civil nuclear fleet. The UK’s nuclear stations have generated more than 2,000 terawatt hours of zero carbon electricity since 1976 – enough to power all the UK’s homes for more than 18 years – and their output has avoided the emission of 700 million tonnes of CO₂.
“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 Wemelt. “Jacobs has worked at the station since initial construction and, along with our partners, we bring intrinsic knowledge and experience of plant life extension to the LTO program, which will help safeguard the future of a vital part of the UK’s clean energy infrastructure.”
“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,” said EDF Chief Nuclear officer Paul Morton.
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