Oldest UK power reactor life extension to 2015

Posted: August 30, 2014 by tchannon in Nuclear power

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Wylfa nuclear power station, North Wales

UK nuclear regulator to decide on Wylfa 1 life extension next month

(Reuters) – Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) will decide next month whether the lifetime of the country’s oldest nuclear reactor, Wylfa 1, can be extended, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/uk-britain-nuclear-wylfa-idUKKBN0GR15X20140827

Company site http://www.magnoxsites.co.uk/site/wylfa/

It has its own anti-nuclear crowd.

Given the power situation in the UK a shutdown would be bad news.

Post by Tim

Comments
  1. John Knowles says:

    The Magnox reactors were relatively simple and have had a good safety record. My father (one of the design engineers in the 50s and 60s) regarded them as rather crude and inefficient but given that the UK faces a variety of power supply issues it would seem reasonable to run these old reactors as long as it is safe to do so.
    I did a public tour of Wylfa Head in my youth and noted that it used to run at a high continuous output and that night-time hydro pump storage such as the one at Dinorwic quarries was the obvious engineering partnership. Wind and solar likewise need pump storage. The high cost of nuclear and its decommissioning seems less relevant when faced with actual black-outs in the UK.
    My main concern is that we do not have a satisfactory waste disposal and long-term storage plan. During the 80s my father did extensive work furthering the French glassification process but after 20 years the UKAEA destroyed the archives which seems extra-ordinarily short-sighted given that my father reckoned he had it all worked out (and he was never one to brag about his many engineering achievements).
    It’s sad to see the UK’s nuclear program fading away.

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘its owner Magnox Limited has submitted an application to the ONR to prolong operations to December 2015’

    Closing just in time for winter when electricity demand is at its highest 😉

  3. Gail Combs says:

    “….the UKAEA destroyed the archives which seems extra-ordinarily short-sighted given that my father reckoned he had it all worked out…..”

    Soviet Agents perhaps? The USA (despite Obummer) just caught ten.