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Nuclear winter looms over Britain

Britain faces the real risk of winter blackouts because of unexpected shutdowns at five nuclear sites, energy researchers have warned.
Higher gas prices and outages are predicted as gas-fired power plants ramp-up generation in an effort to meet the worst case scenario of a 6GW drop in nuclear generation.Wood MacKenzie's report A nuclear winter for the UK was published following the sudden shutdowns last month of reactors at Hunterston B and Hinkley Point B due to boiler tube cracking.On Tuesday the International Energy Organisation will issue its World Energy Outlook for 2006 and is expected to address the gas and nuclear issues.

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