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Berkeley boilers removed from power station

Boilers being removed from Berkeley last year Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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Energy Minister welcomes news

The Energy Minister John Hayes is welcoming the news that Hinkley B will be operating for an extra seven years.

It is absolutely fantastic news for our energy security that these two nuclear power stations will continue generating vast amounts of electricity into the 2020s.

This decision will also secure hundreds of skilled jobs in both Somerset and North Ayrshire, highlighting the value of nuclear energy to our economy and society.

– JOHN HAYES, ENERGY MINISTER

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Energy Minister welcomes news

The Energy Minister John Hayes is welcoming the news that Hinkley B will be operating for an extra seven years.**

It is absolutely fantastic news for our energy security that these two nuclear power stations will continue generating vast amounts of electricity into the 2020s.

This decision will also secure hundreds of skilled jobs in both Somerset and North Ayrshire, highlighting the value of nuclear energy to our economy and society.

– John Hayes, Energy Minister

74% of Somerset people agree nuclear power is necessary

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.

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