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A correction was made to the financial details section. The Nuclear Liability Fund claims 65% of available cashflow, not 65% of profit. Source: pg. 2 of the NAO report.

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United Kingdom Location[edit]

British Energy is a British company based in the United Kingdom region of Scotland. The UK is the internationally recognised name of this country, not Scotland, England Wales nor Northern Ireland nor even Great Britain. I have no problem with any of the four regions being stated, but the UK must also be listed, as the UK is the official, legal and sovereign country name, like it or not. Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia and therefore must state accurate facts, not people's own personal preferences. In my humble opinion, this is a non-argument and the United Kingdom should take precedence. This is a norm across many FTSE 100 companies listed on Wikipedia. Darkieboy236 15:51, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

May 2008 disruptions[edit]

Pencefn, I've seen you have undone me adding this article:British Energy Hit by Second Plant Closure to "In the Media" section of British Energy page. In my opinion the story is notable as:

  1. the power cut has hit the mainstream UK National news, and the news on wiki portal Energy, after affecting the capital city of the UK
  2. the timing impacts the iminent sale of the UK Government stake in British Energy
  3. The Times article I linked to draws attention to "the fragility of Britain's power infrastructure", which is a topic worthy of serious consideration.
  4. This event is described as "the most serious disruption to the UK's supply network in more than 20 years"

However, I am very new to Wikipedia and so am still learning what counts as "encyclopedic" and will defer to the consensus opinion if the recent events are considered "operational" rather than "notable" --Sunbite (talk) 08:52, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

I would agree with you regarding the fragility of Britian's power network, especially given the media interest on Tuesday with the power cuts following the trips at three power station (one oil, one coal and one nuclear). This information in my mind does not belong in a specific generator's article ratheer in a UK Electricity or Energy article. The current high cost of gas and oil is also putting pressure on the systems. Your point is well made, however I think it should be elsewhere (possibly Energy use and conservation in the United Kingdom or Energy policy of the United Kingdom). --User:Pencefn 09:57, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Who is British Energy & which logo to use.[edit]

British Energy still exists. The article cannot be said to be historic. Since the takeover in January 2009, British Energy cease to be a listed company, but has still existed as a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Energy. This was reflected in the change to the logo - and branding to the website at the time. The article has had the incorrect logo since then conclusion of the takeover. If you go to any of the sites at present, you will see the interim logo being display.

However EDF Energy have stated their intent to re-brand the British Energy business as part of EDF Energy at the beginning of July 2010. This will take some time to happen, and due to the current financial climate rebranding of the sites will take some.

The British Energy name will remain in part as the operational sites are licensed to British Energy Generation Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of British Energy).

THere is also the possibility that Centrica will take over use of the brand as part of their purchase of a 20% share of the existing nuclear business. --Stewart (talk | edits) 16:08, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

I see your point if BE still has an ongoing, and future, existance - though why then was "is" changed to "was"? I was viewing the article from the future standpoint of BE no longer existing, when the logo it used for most of its life seemed most appropriate. Am I right that "British Energy plc" no longer exists; if we use plc then it should be as "British Energy Group plc"? Also, I'll add the old logo somewhere below - for the pragmatic reason that logo images are deleted if they are not used! Rwendland (talk) 17:14, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
My revision was a bit confusing - BE was a plc, but is now a wholly owned subsidiary of a French government owned comapny. Was was probably the wrong term to use. I would welcome a more appropriate revision as the combined EDF Energy generation capacity makes it the largest generator, of which BE is part. --Stewart (talk | edits) 17:47, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
Do you agree that when rebranding is fully underway (i.e. BE website changes significantly), we should start a new article, and keep this as the historical article on BE? Seems the best approach to me. NB I've linked to the old logo here, in the hope that stops it being deleted in case we want it in the future. Rwendland (talk) 11:52, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
Well I'm a little late to this discussion,having just rewritten the article to historic context. Rwendland, the new article is already written: EDF Energy. Stewart, BE is now only referred to historically by EDF. Check the website or recent interviews/press. Corella (talk) 07:25, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

HQ location[edit]

BE website and companies house still give British Energy Group plc HQ and Reg Address as East Kilbride, as a Scottish registered company. And British Energy Generation Ltd is registered at Barnwood, Gloucester. So is it correct to give HQ as now in London? Have the staff moved? Rwendland (talk) 09:20, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

British Energy Generation Ltd is the company that holds the site licences for the eight nuclear power stations (and will probably continue to exist for some time. British Energy plc now longer exists as it is no longer a plc. East Kilbride houses the Scottish Engineering based and shared services. Most of the corporate functions are now absorbed into the EDF Energy business at Victoria, London (internal audit, and some HR functions). Prior to the takeover some of the corporate functions were undertaken in Gloucester and others in the Paddington Office. The Paddington Office has now closed. The staff email addresses are now changing from to (not to be confused with the existing email addresses). The operational headaquarters of the existing nuclear business are Gloucester, BE trading and EDF trading are merging, Eggborough has been sold, and the new nuclear business is based in London, off Tottenham Court Road.
It is unfortunate that the BE website (apart from a few examples) still talks as though it is an independent plc, even though it ceased to be so 18 months ago. I will check next week for the up-to-date corporate details. --Stewart (talk | edits) 21:24, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

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