Magnox communities get £100,000 cash boost

Two community projects close to the Bradwell and Dungeness A nuclear sites have been awarded nearly £100,000. The cash boost from Magnox is part of the economic development aimed at helping build sustainable communities around former power stations. The Romney Marsh project is receiving more than £38,000 to help adults gain skills in English, Maths […]

UK taxpayers face £100m bill over flawed nuclear deal

The UK Government has been forced to pay £100 million of taxpayers’ money to two US engineering firms after mishandling a nuclear decommissioning contract. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has also ordered an inquiry, led by former National Grid boss Steve Holliday, after a “flawed” tendering process for the £6.1 billion deal. The government’s […]

New deal to clean UK’s nuclear wastewater

Veolia’s nuclear solutions business will help clean wastewater at four nuclear sites in the UK. Its subsidiary, Kurion, will deliver the effluent treatment systems under a new contract with nuclear operator Magnox. It will design, build and install the Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plant (MAETP) systems at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites. The technology […]

Wylfa nuclear station shut down date announced

Magnox’s largest nuclear power station will be shut down at the end of December after 44 years. The Welsh ‘Wylfa’ site generated almost 232TWh of electricity – enough to power around 1.1 million homes a year. The plant was initially due to shut down in 2010 but continued to generate for another five years. Magnox […]

Magnox to cut 1,600 jobs at nuclear sites

Magnox is closing 12 sites accross the country which will lead to 1,600 job losses. The closing sites include Berkeley, Gloucestershire and Bradwell and are to close by September next year. Magnox said: “These proposed reductions arise from planned step downs in the work programme at a number of sites and the implementation of a more […]

Wylfa nuclear plant to stay open longer

The last working Magnox nuclear reactor in the world will continue running until December 2015. Yesterday regulators gave Magnox thumbs up to prolong the Wylfa power plant’s life. It was originally scheduled to stop generating power in 2010. To keep Wylfa running, partially used fuel must be transferred from Reactor 2 to Reactor 1. Stuart […]

UK nuclear reprocessing plant turns 50

The UK’s first commercial nuclear reprocessing facility celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday. The Magnox Reprocessing plant at Sellafield reprocesses spent fuel from nuclear power stations and recycles it to make fresh fuel. More than 52,000 tonnes of fuel have been reprocessed in the facility since operations began in 1964, according to operator Sellafield Ltd, which […]

Nuclear clean-up costs “balloon” at Sellafield

The cost of cleaning up old nuclear power stations in the UK is predicted to jump by £6.6 billion, a 7% rise on previous forecasts, operators confessed this week. Trying to stem criticism in their annual report, Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Stephen Henward referred to the “technically challenging, novel plants and processes to treat […]

Wales nuclear plant offline

A nuclear reactor in Anglesey off the north west coast of Wales has been taken offline. One of the reactors at the Wylfa nuclear power station, which powers two wind turbines, had refuelling problems on Sunday. Its operators Magnox are still investigating the cause of the failure. Recently the plant was given permission to move […]

Wyfla nuclear plant to work for two more years

The last remaining Magnox nuclear reactor in the UK has been given the go-ahead to operate until 2014 – four years after its original closure date. Magnox, which runs the Wylfa Power Station as well as 10 other nuclear sites and a hydroelectric plant, got permission to transfer fuel between its reactors meaning electricity generation […]