UK closes nuclear plants

7 January 2007

British Nuclear Group has confirmed that it reached the planned end of electricity generation at its Dungeness A and Sizewell A nuclear power stations, after some 40 years of operations, on New Year’s Eve.

The announcement marks the start of the defuelling and decommissioning phase. Under current strategy, the decommissioning period is scheduled to last up to 100 years, ending with the final site clearance and closure.

Sizewell A and Dungeness A will become the latest Magnox nuclear power stations to begin their decommissioning period, leaving only two of the UK’s first generation of commercial nuclear power stations operating.

The two unit Dungeness A began operating in 1965 and generated 438 MW of electricity while Sizewell A began operating in 1966. The next units scheduled to close are Oldbury unit 1 and 2 at the end of next year.

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