Heysham 2-2 is a 680MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Heysham 2 Power Station. It is located in England, the UK. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in Aug, 1980. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Nov, 1988. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Apr, 1989. Buy the profile here.

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Heysham 2-2 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by National Nuclear, the main contractor for the project.

The 680MW reactor is operated by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Group. Electricite de France and Centrica are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 80% and 20% respectively.

The GCR reactor generates 3,733.11GWh/annum of electricity. It features 332 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released. Safety contol rods that are used to control the fission rate in the reactor are 24 in number.

Development status

The reactor construction commenced in Aug, 1980 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Apr, 1989.

Contractors involved

Siemens was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 1 steam turbine for the project. National Nuclear was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by National Nuclear. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Whessoe Engineering. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Concrete (PC). The civil works were carried out by Taylor Woodrow Construction.

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This content was updated on 22 April 2024

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