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The life of Dungeness Power Station in Kent is to be extended by 10 years, safeguarding nearly a thousand jobs. The plant, operated by energy giant EDF, will continue in operation until 2028 thanks to a 150 million pound investment.But environmentalists say the money should be spent on renewable energy. Iain McBride reports.
Conseravtive MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damien Collins says extending the life of the power station is good news for the area.
EDF Energy has extended the expected life of its Dungeness B nuclear power station by ten years.
This means it is due to continue generating low carbon electricity until 2028, producing enough power each year to supply the equivalent of 1.5m homes.
The decision has been made possible by a £150m investment programme to extend the life of the station. It comes after extensive reviews of the plant’s safety cases and work with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
The life extension at Dungeness B is part of a wider EDF Energy programme to extend the lives of its eight nuclear power stations.
According to EDF, it will secure 550 jobs and work for 200 contractors at the site, as well as maintaining essential expertise in engineering and the UK nuclear industry.