Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

Sizewell B: Work starts on radioactive waste store

17:00 15 January 2013

Work has started on a dry fuel store at Sizewell B nuclear power station

Work has started on a dry fuel store at Sizewell B nuclear power station

Archant

WORK has started on a radioactive waste store at a nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast.

shares

Construction experts are now on site at Sizewell B, with the building expected to be complete in around two years time.

All the spent fuel from the power station’s nuclear reactor is currently stored under water in a special pond. However, this is expected to reach capacity in 2015.

The new dry fuel store will provide capacity for the lifetime of the power station or until a deep geological disposal facility is available.

EDF Energy was forced to revise its plans after large amounts of concrete - legacy foundations from Sizewell A’s construction - were discovered buried on the site. For work to proceed this has to be removed – increasing expected HGV movements from 2,862 to 6,771

To help with this the company is investing £200,000 on road improvements for the main route between Yoxford and Sizewell, along which most construction traffic is expected to come. This work is being carried out by Suffolk County Council and is due to be complete by July.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B’s station director, said: “This is an important major development, which will ensure we have the ability to continue to store our spent fuel, safely and securely, on site for many years to come.

“While we are trying to minimise the impact the work will have on our neighbours, we recognise that a construction project of this size will put pressure on the local road network.”

Final planning permission for the dry fuel store was granted by Suffolk Coastal District Council in September last year.

The beginning of work also marks a milestone for the Amenity and Accessibility Fund (AAF), which is designed to improve access and use of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The fund was started to off set the impact of the dry fuel store’s construction, which will cause a delay to restoring part of the Sizewell B site in line with the surrounding AONB.

Local projects that demonstrated they were of benefit to the AONB were invited to apply for a share of an initial £120,000 worth of funding.

EDF Energy has now officially released that money, with further annual payments of £20,000 to follow, for which any one apply so long as they can demonstrate their project has a direct link to improving the accessibility of the AONB or they conserve or enhance the local amenity.

For more information visit www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org.

shares

0 comments

Alice Grange Care Home in Kesgrave.

A Kesgrave care home is still performing below standards expected by the health watchdog a year after concerns were first raised.

Drug-drivers banned

Three drug-drivers have lost their licences after appearing before Ipswich magistrates.

Floral tributes left outside Thurston Community College.

A school has paid tribute to their “extremely likeable” and popular pupil Ben Wragge, 13, whose tragic death after being shot with an air rifle has shocked the Thurston community.

Luke, Nicki and Alicia Durbin

For 10 long years Nicki Durbin has fought relentlessly of trying to find out what happened to her son Luke who went missing after a night out in Ipswich.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A 22-year-old must pay compensation to a police constable whose sustained a deep cut to his arm after falling into a plate glass window while making an arrest.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

Thousands of people visited the  Art for Cure 2016 event at Glemham Hall over the bank holiday weekend.

Celebrity faces including director Sam Mendes and BBC presenter Bill Turnbull were among the 11,000 people who turned out in a show of support of the Art for Cure event in Suffolk over the weekend.

Our investigation takes a look at how senior public sector pay has changed during austerity. Photo credit : Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Government has pledged to bring an end to the culture of six-figure public sector payouts, as an investigation today reveals the staggering totals handed out to some senior managers in the region for leaving their roles.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich

A staggering £30million of public money was spent on staff redundancies at Suffolk County Council (SCC) over a five year period, with nearly two dozen senior employees receiving payouts costing six-figure sums, our investigation can reveal.

Tesco Petrol Station at Copdock.

We list the five cheapest petrol prices in Ipswich for today, Wednesday, April 27.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24