The Dungeness Estate has been purchased by the French-owned energy company, EDF Energy.Read the full story ›
How do you fancy getting your hands on a country landscape by the sea? Well the Dungeness estate has gone on sale.
It's almost five hundred acres of desert-like terrain, jutting out into the English channel, shifting banks of shingle with a nuclear power station at its tip.
David Johns has been to see what you get for your money.
He spoke to estate trustee Maurice Ede, nature reserve manager Owen Leyshon, and estate agent Will Whittaker.
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The Dungeness Estate is on the market, with a guide price of offers in excess of £1.5 million.Read the full story ›
Demolition of the largest building at the obsolete nuclear power station Dungeness A is nearing completion. The 26 metre-high turbine hall is being knocked down as the site, which closed in 2006, is decommissioned and made safe. Sarah Saunders went along to watch as the building was torn down and spoke to Paul Wilkinson, Site Director and Andy Dyson, Demolition Engineer.
The life of Dungeness Power Station in Kent is to be extended by 10 years, safeguarding nearly a thousand jobs. The plant, operated by energy giant EDF, will continue in operation until 2028 thanks to a 150 million pound investment.But environmentalists say the money should be spent on renewable energy. Iain McBride reports.
“10 more years of unsafe and expensive nuclear energy production is bad news. Instead we should be focusing our efforts on the switch to a truly sustainable energy future – one which focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and which would deliver more jobs, faster carbon reductions and a fundamentally more democratic energy system fit for the future.”
Conseravtive MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damien Collins says extending the life of the power station is good news for the area.
EDF Energy has extended the expected life of its Dungeness B nuclear power station by ten years.
This means it is due to continue generating low carbon electricity until 2028, producing enough power each year to supply the equivalent of 1.5m homes.
The decision has been made possible by a £150m investment programme to extend the life of the station. It comes after extensive reviews of the plant’s safety cases and work with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
The life extension at Dungeness B is part of a wider EDF Energy programme to extend the lives of its eight nuclear power stations.
According to EDF, it will secure 550 jobs and work for 200 contractors at the site, as well as maintaining essential expertise in engineering and the UK nuclear industry.
More and more young people are now choosing to become an apprentice rather than go onto university - partly due to the rising cost of a degree.
At Dungeness Power Station, a scheme to recruit six is underway. But competition is tough, because each post attracts around three hundred applications. This from David Johns.