EDF Energy extends Sizewell B maintenance by 3 months to August

FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen for the EDF energy company on a building near the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Cannington in southwest England, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Reuters) - EDF Energy has extended ongoing outages at its Sizewell B nuclear power plant in eastern England by three months for additional work.

EDF Energy, owned by French utility EDF, took the reactor offline for planned refuelling and maintenance work on April 16, initially scheduled to end on May 29.

“Our anticipated return to service has been updated to 30th August following additional work required on some components identified during the shutdown,” a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

“We have a team on site working on this whilst the other outage work continues to plan,” she added.

Reporting by Nora Buli in Oslo; editing by Jason Neely