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Enoch Powell 06-05-2018 18:09

Britain's energy policy
Looks like relying on nuclear isn't going to work. All so depressingly predictable.


The governmentís energy policy is under renewed pressure after the prolonged closure of one of Britainís oldest nuclear reactors because of cracks in its graphite core raised questions over the future of six other plants built in the 1970s and 1980s.

The temporary shutdown of reactor three at Hunterston B in Scotland is also expected to burn an estimated £120m hole in the revenues of its owner, EDF Energy. The firm said this week that it was taking the reactor offline for six months after inspections revealed more cracks than expected.

Safety fears have been quashed, but the potential impact on wider energy strategy has alarmed experts who say the reactor may never be restarted.

Stagflation 06-05-2018 18:18

You can't be very far from Sizewell, not sure if the old 'A' Magnox reactor from the 70s is still going?

Stagflation 06-05-2018 18:20

Looks like it started happening a while ago:


The power station was shut down on 31 December 2006.[4] The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for placing contracts for the decommissioning of Sizewell A, at a budgeted cost of £1.2 billion.

On 7 January 2007 a contractor working on the decommissioning of the station noticed water leaking on to the floor of the laundry where he was washing his clothes. The water was found to be cooling water from the pond that holds the reactor's spent nuclear fuel which had dropped more than 1 foot (0.30 m) without activating any of the alarms. It is estimated that up to 40,000 gallons (151,500 litres) of radioactive water had leaked from a 15 ft (4.6 m) split in a pipe, with some spilling into the North Sea. According to the HM Nuclear Installation Inspectorate's report of the incident, without the chance intervention of the contractor, the pond could have drained before the next scheduled plant inspection. If the exposed irradiated fuel had caught fire, it would have resulted in an airborne off-site release of radiation.

Enoch Powell 06-05-2018 18:28

Also nearer to where I used to live, the reactor at Bradwell in Essex is being decommissioned too IIRC.

Enoch Powell 06-05-2018 18:30

I believe UK energy supply is already tight, and we're closing it down faster than we are building new capacity.

We're also adding ~1 million extra energy consumers every three years.

Someone apparently - presumably - thinks this all adds up. It doesn't.

Enoch Powell 06-05-2018 18:32

Is the captain of the good ship Britainnia steering a sensible course? Or are they fast asleep?

If the lights go out or there's a nuclear accident, will most of the public have seen it coming, or be taken unawares?

Visage 06-05-2018 19:13

Windfarms, solar, batteries and interconnects.

Oswald 06-05-2018 19:57

an attack on a nuclear power station is one of my potential scenarios that kicks off a civil war in europe

Stagflation 06-05-2018 20:06

Sizewell Bradwell

what's the betting the residents are anything but 'well' :hehe:

Enoch Powell 06-05-2018 21:24


Originally Posted by Stagflation (Post 1002868)
Sizewell Bradwell

what's the betting the residents are anything but 'well' :hehe:

A diverse selection of cancer is our strength :yes:

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