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EDF Energy says UK Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could close earlier than planned

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - EDF’s EDF Energy said on Wednesday that its Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could close earlier than planned, and that it will be able to confirm the closure date by the end of the year.

The 1 gigawatt plant was due to be shut down permanently in early 2023.

“It is possible we may need to move into defuelling within the next two years. We will review this decision in the same detailed way as we have with Hunterston B and expect to be able to confirm the outcome by the end of this year,” an EDF Energy spokesman said.

Last month the company said it would shut the Hunterston B plant down earlier than previously planned.

Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Jan Harvey

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