The final ten boilers from the Magnox Power Station at Berkeley in Gloucestershire have been removed successfully. Its the latest stage of the decommissioning of the site.
The first five boilers were sent off site early last year and have now been smelted, with 92-95per cent being recycled. In total the removal of the 15 boilers means that 4,665 tonnes of legacy waste have been removed from the site.
Measured end to end, the 15 boilers would reach the top of Cleeve Hill, the highest point in Gloucestershire.
EDF announces that it hopes to get consent from the government imminently over the design of its nuclear reactor for Hinkley Point C. The company director has admitted the cost of the reactor has soared in its development in France but it will not have an impact on the cost of construction here.
The Conant says it will not start until the team is ready. The company director says he has gathered a world class team, he says the project is shovel ready but he says he has to get everything in place before shareholders can approve the project.
Recent polling conducted by EDF Energy shows that 74% of Somerset people agree that nuclear is a necessary part of the energy balance, which is significantly above the already impressive national average of 66%.
The B station employs around 535 full time staff, including 44 apprentices, as well as 220 full time staff from contract partners and the wage bill alone is an estimated £40m a year which goes into the local economy.
EDF Energy announced it had completed the necessary technical and economic evaluation that is expected to see the plant, one of the area’s largest employers, continue operating until at least 2023.
The decision has been welcomed by local authorities in Somerset as well as trade unions, as it will help to preserve the local skills and jobs associated with the existing plant until after the expected completion of the planned new nuclear power station.
This decision will bring significant benefits to the local community in terms of jobs and additional economic activity. We have committed to investing a further £300m a year in the eight-strong nuclear fleet. Our nuclear generation business provides work for more than 300 companies in the supply chain and around 90 per cent of our total £650m annual spend in the supply chain goes to British companies.
– Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy chief executive
The visitor centre, located in Angel Place shopping centre in nearby Bridgwater, was officially opened today by Vincent de Rivaz.
As well as offering guided tours of Hinkley Point B, the new visitors’ centre provides classroom facilities for local school students to learn more about nuclear power.
This is great news for all of us at Hinkley Point B and for everyone in the local community.
The decision means we can continue to provide highly skilled jobs and bring major investment to the area. It also shows that EDF Energy recognises the professionalism and commitment of our staff in safely supplying low carbon electricity for more than 36 years.
– Mike Harrison, Hinkley Point B’s station director