THE site of the new nuclear power station at Bradwell is staggering in size. Measuring the length of six football pitches, it sits on land near to the existing station, now being decommissioned. The Standard was given exclusive access to see how work was progressing at Bradwell B. EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Group have been carrying out early site investigations into the site since December. Since then, the company has been drilling and digging sampling holes and testing the soil. While work is underway, the project is still very much in the beginning stage. Once all groundwork is complete proposals for what the new power station could look like will be drawn up. Then, a huge public consultation will be held, alongside a generic design assessment, environmental assessment, and nuclear site licence being sought. In short, we are many years away from any station being built.
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Bradwell B model nuclear power plant passes major milestone in China. A nuclear plant which is acting as the forerunner to Bradwell B in Essex has passed a major milestone. The China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group said it has completed the dome-lift at the Fangchenggang nuclear power station in Guangxi Province, China. Dome lifting is a significant point in construction as it is a vital part of ensuring the integrity and sealing of the reactor building. Equipment installation can now start. The station is being used as the reference plant for the HPR1000 which CGN and EDF plan to build at Bradwell B, subject to regulatory approval, and will inform the UK version. Zheng Dongshan, chief executive of CGN UK, said: “This milestone for the HPR1000 technology is great news for the Bradwell B project, showing CGN will have a track record in safely and efficiently building and operating this type of reactor well before the project becomes operational in the UK.”
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The HPR1000 has also been proposed for construction at Bradwell in the UK, where it is undergoing Generic Design Assessment. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency announced in November last year the start of the second, technical, phase of the assessment programme for the UK HPR1000. CGN UK CEO Dongshan Zheng said, “The announcement today shows the very positive progress being made at Fangchenggang unit 3, and illustrates once again our expertise, as the world’s leading builder of nuclear power stations, in project management, engineering and construction of new reactors.” He added, “This milestone for the HPR1000 technology is also great news for the Bradwell B project, showing that CGN will have a track record in safely and efficiently building and operating this type of reactor well before the project becomes operational in the UK.”
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