EDF are preparing to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley which could help growth and create 25,000 jobs, but the deal is in the balance.
The government's draft Energy Bill, being published today, aims to answer important questions of vital importance to the West Country
The huge loads were being taken from a shut down nuclear power station to sharpness docks
The Japenese company Hitachi has signed a deal to start building a nuclear reactor in Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The controversial scheme had been in doubt when the previous owners pulled out.
But Hitachi says it could create six thousand construction jobs and a further thousand permament positions after that. The reactor could feed electricity into the national grid in about ten years' time. Bob Constantine reports.
Plans for a new nuclear plant at Oldbury in South Gloucestershire are back on track after the announcement that electronics firm Hitachi is taking over Horizon, the nuclear project behind them.
It will mean 5 to 6 thousand jobs during construction and a thousand permanent posts when the site starts operating early in the 2020s.
The former Oldbury plant reopened in 1967 and was site was decommissioned in February 2012.
The National Grid is testing new pylons to see if they could be used to take power from the proposed nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. There have been big protests against the prospect of giant structures across Somerset. It is hoped this shorter design, by a Danish firm, might be the answer.
National Grid is also looking in detail at the route planned between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth to see if the cable can be run underground at any point.
From our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin:
"The whole journey to Sharpness docks took several hours, crawling along at a snail's pace. At the docks the boilers were loaded onto a giant barge, from where they will go to Avonmouth, then it's on to Sweden for recycling."
The boilers have arrived at Sharpness docks, to be loaded onto a huge barge. Next stop Avonmnouth where they will be shipped to Sweden for smelting and recycling.
The boilers from the now decommissioned nuclear power station in Berkeley are facing a number of obstacles as they make their way to Sharpness docks. In total 5 boilers, weighing around 300 tonnes will have to make the trip.
The 5 boilers which are 21 metres long and 5 metres in diameter will be moved through Berkeley Town to Sharpness docks, where they will be transported to Avonmouth. They will then be shipped to Sweden for smelting and recycling.