Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 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

Artist's impression of how an office development in Sheepen Road, Colchester, could look

A council has managed to secure tenants for a new office development before work has even begun on building it.

A Ryanair aircraft atStansted Airport.

Budget airline Ryanair today reported a 25% jump in earnings for the first quarter of its new financial year.

Manufacturers in the East of England are in confident mood, according to a new report.

Manufacturers in the East of England are helping to lead the way in exports and business confidence, according to a new report

Alton Towers in Staffordshire.

Alton Towers owner Merlin expects annual earnings for its theme parks business to drop by as much as £47million this year following last month’s rollercoaster crash.

Tom Gillman of Crafted.

Mediterranean Shipping Company, which has its UK head office in Ipswich, has launched a new global website, designed and built by locally-based digital agency Crafted.

IPRS Group celebration at Wherstead Park, Ipswich

Company celebration is a boost for charities

Omni Freight Services directors Shaun Rudduck, left, and Andy Wilding with the Suffolk FA  Premier Cup.

Omni Freight Services of Felixstowe is to sponsor the Suffolk FA Premier Cup for the next three years.

A drawing of Birketts’ new headquarters in Ipswich, to be located in Princes Street.

Regional law firm Birketts has secured planning permission for a new headquarters building in Ipswich.

A Ladbrokes branch in Chelmsford town centre.

Betting firms Ladbrokes and Gala Coral have agreed a merger to create a £2billion gambling giant.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous outside the Houses of Parliament.

A Suffolk MP has welcomed the launch of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which aims to secure additional support for the tourism industry – including a cut in the rate of VAT payable by firms in the sector.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages