There can’t be many nuclear bodies that choose to bury – just three days before Christmas – what is touted as a good news story by the industry. But this is exactly what Sellafield Ltd has contrived to do in its 22nd December announcement that the long overdue and eye-wateringly expensive Evaporator D has come on line at Sellafield.
Perched atop Sellafield’s 1950’s Primary Separation Plant (the B204 reprocessing building) the 61 metre tall discharge stack is to be demolished at a rate of around 1 metre per week.
NuGen’s updates on progress with its Moorside new-build project are an extremely rare commodity these days in the UK. The last update, made six months ago, reported CEO Tom Samson as saying that ‘a universe of options’ remained available to NuGen – even with the bankrupt Westinghouse and its AP1000 reactors apparently kicked into the … [Continue Reading]
Sellafield Ltd was forced to put out a press statement in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 21st October) to calm fears of a potential chemical explosion in a laboratory on site.
Arriving at Sellafield today to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Windscale Fire, CORE campaigners (and media) were somewhat dumbfounded by the mysterious re-emergence of the memorial plaque whose loss had recently been confirmed in a letter from Sellafield Ltd. With any explanation of the plaque’s reappearance still hard to come by, its return – albeit lacking … [Continue Reading]
Just 18 months before the infamous fire ripped through Windscale’s Pile No 1 on 10th October 1957, a little publicised and largely forgotten major accident in the neighbouring Pile No 2 saw workers fight desperately for over a week to save the reactor from total loss.
Plans to build the £2.8Bn power transmission line connecting NuGen’s delayed Moorside project have been put on hold by National Grid so that it can align its plans with those of developer NuGen which have already been put on-hold.
At a West Cumbria stakeholder working group meeting last week (18th April) Sellafield Ltd outlined plans for the long-term storage of an estimated 5500 tonnes of spent fuel from the UK’s Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor fleet in THORP’s Receipt & Storage pond. The pond, measuring 73m x 23m x 8m deep, became operational in 1988 and the first … [Continue Reading]
Almost seven years ago the NuGeneration (NuGen) consortium was officially established. Then consisting of France’s Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Spain’s Iberdrola and UK’s Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE), the consortium’s plan was to make a start on its Moorside triple AP1000 reactor site in 2014.
Head-hunted by Sellafield in 2000 to mastermind the Union’s ‘Save Our Sellafield’ campaign following the damaging MOX falsification scandal in 1999, Jamie Reid was elected in 2005 as the Member of Parliament for the Copeland constituency in West Cumbria in which the Sellafield plant is situated . During his time at Westminster he served variously … [Continue Reading]