HOPES for a nuclear future in Copeland may have been dealt a blow. A news leak has led industry figures to believe that the Sizewell C plant in Suffolk will be next to receive Government backing. County councillor David Southward MBE believes a green light for the Suffolk site could be a death blow for plans at Moorside. “I don’t believe the country is going to get more than two new sites. I can’t see there being a need for a third one. He said: “I worked with the NuGen team for years while they tried to build Moorside, that failed because Government wouldn’t help with the funding.” Plans at Moorside rest on the Government’s White Paper detailing their clean energy strategy. The decree is set for release after a Treasury review on November 25 and it is hoped that the Government will create the right culture of investment for the private sector. The Clean Energy Park neighbouring Sellafield could see two EPR-type reactors along with SMR reactors, with the right investment from firms like EDF.
Carlisle News & Star 22nd Nov 2020 read more »
Nuclear power station Hinkley Point B is to close within the next two years due to cracks in the graphite core of the reactor. The shutdown of the 45-year-old power station in Somerset was originally scheduled for March 2023 but operator EDF has confirmed it will move into the defueling phase “no later than 15 July 2022”. The station suspended power generation in June 2020 to undertake extensive graphite inspections and conduct maintenance. EDF has developed the safety case required to re-start operations and this will soon be with the Office for Nuclear Regulation for review.
New Civil Engineer 23rd Nov 2020 read more »