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In the papers today - 17 October

Britain's nuclear power industry almost ground to a halt yesterday just hours after Tony Blair heralded a new era in energy supply security with the opening of a new gas pipeline from Norway. The discovery of more cracks in boiler tubes forced British Energy to shut down two plants, Hunterston B in Scotland and Hinkley Point B in Gloucestershire. The company also disclosed for the first time that only one of its eight plants is operating at full output.

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