Steam blasting from Heysham Power Station part of unplanned shutdown

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Steam being pumped from Heysham Power Station is the result of an unplanned shutdown, says operator EDF Energy.

Steam is being vented from Heysham 1, following an issue with a water valve.

Steam is being pumped from Heysham 1 following an unplanned shutdown

Steam is being pumped from Heysham 1 following an unplanned shutdown

A spokesman for EDF Energy, which owns and operates the nuclear power station said: “Heysham 1’s reactor 2 was shutdown at 8.45am on July 26.

“As part of the power station’s usual practice after a shutdown steam was vented from the site.

“The shutdown was unplanned and followed an issue with a condensate water valve which is on the conventional part of the station.

“The site will now look to return the reactor to full operation.”