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British Energy extends life of 2 nuclear plants to 2016

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Nuclear power generator British Energy is to extend the operating lives of two of its Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B power stations by five years to 2016, the company said on Tuesday.

“This decision is based on a comprehensive technical and economic evaluation of Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B and is important in supporting the UK’s climate change goals for the reduction of CO2 emissions,” company CEO Bill Coley said.

“Life extension helps provide support as the country considers energy conservation, efficiency and investment in new generating plants of all types, to serve the needs of the UK into the next century.”

The company said in a statement that it would study whether further life extensions for the plants were possible at the two plants which were closed all last winter because of age-related problems.

Since restarting in spring, Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B have been running at a reduced load of around 60 percent.

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