EDF Energy extends outages at Hunterston nuclear plant

FILE PHOTO: Wind turbines are seen behind Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station in West Kilbride, Scotland May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - EDF Energy, owned by France’s EDF, has extended outages at the two reactors at its Hunterston plant in Scotland, regulatory data on the company’s website showed.

The reactors have been offline since last year after routine inspections found cracks in its graphite core and have suffered several restart delays.

The Hunterston B7 reactor is now scheduled to return to service on July 31 from the previous date of June 30.

The Hunterston B8 reactor is scheduled to return on June 24 from a previous date of May 30.

Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by David Goodman