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Two reactors 'back on in January'
Hinkley Point B
The plant normally provides 3% of the UK's electricity
Reactors at a nuclear power station in Somerset will not be back in action until the New Year.

The two gas-cooled reactors at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station were shut down. Cracks have been found in boiler pipes and in a reactor's graphite core.

British Energy says the reactors will only generate power at 70% of their normal capacity from January onwards.

This is to reduce wear on the plant, which normally produces around 3% of the UK's electricity.

In a separate development, Roy Anderson stepped down as chief nuclear officer and member of the board of British Energy on Friday.

In a statement, the company said chief executive Bill Coley will take direct control of nuclear operations .

"We are implementing certain further organisational changes to improve station performance," it read.




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