UK nuclear site declared fuel free

UK regulators have confirmed a nuclear site in Suffolk to be fuel free. Sizewell A is located near Leiston and is a twin reactor site. It was fully operational in […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

UK regulators have confirmed a nuclear site in Suffolk to be fuel free.

Sizewell A is located near Leiston and is a twin reactor site. It was fully operational in 1966 and shut down in December 2006.

The final flask of fuel was sent to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing last summer.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) accepted 99% of the radioactive hazard has now been removed from the former power station, operator Magnox said.

“Confirmation of the reduction in hazard allows the site to move a step further into decommissioning activities and towards the point of closure,” it added.

Sizewell A generated around 110TWh of electricity during its 40-year lifetime.