French power giant EDF Energy is extending the life of four of its nuclear reactors in the UK.

Hartlepool and Heysham 1 in Lancashire will have their working lives extended by five years to 2024.

Heysham 2 and Torness in East Lothian will continue to operate for a further seven years until 2030.

EDF had previously announced extensions to the working lives of its Dungeness B, Hinkley Point C and Hunterston B Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs).

‘Confidence to invest’

Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive at EDF Energy, said: “Our continuing investment, our expertise and the professional relationship we have with the safety regulator means we can safely prolong the operating life of our nuclear power stations.

“In today’s extremely challenging market conditions, our belief that UK Government policy will be maintained and strengthened gives us the confidence to invest in our nuclear stations.”

Doug Parr, Policy Director at environmental charity Greenpeace, said: “Policy changes in the past few years will provide significant windfall profits for nuclear stations so it's not surprising that EDF want to exploit that.”

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