EDF Energy has confirmed that Hinkley Point nuclear power station will not be shut down following the temporary closure of two of the company’s other nuclear power plants in the UK.

Heysham 1 in north Lancashire and Hartlepool in County Durham have been closed temporarily after a defect was discovered in one of the boilers at Heysham.

EDF decided to close the other reactors due to the designs being similar.

Inspections are taking place to make sure the reactors are safe.

A spokesman said: “Until the results of the further inspections are known it isn’t possible to advise exact return to service dates for these four reactors, but an initial estimate is that these investigations will take around eight weeks.

“EDF Energy’s other nuclear power stations aren’t affected by this issue as they’re of a different design.”