The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) notes the recent 8th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. NFLA sends its deepest sympathies to all those who died in Japan on the 11th March 2011, and the thousands of people whose lives have been dislocated due to the long-term evacuation of the area around the stricken reactor. It is also a warning of the inherent risks with nuclear power. In the UK, much of the current concern remains with a number of aging nuclear reactors, particularly Hunterston B. At present, Reactors 3 and 4 at Hunterston B have been offline for almost a year now. But it should also be noted that reactors at Dungeness B are also offline for ‘maintenance’. Reactor 1 at Heysham A and Reactor 2 at Hartlepool are also ‘offline’. Despite this large amount of nuclear energy capacity ‘offline’ the electricity grid is still working effectively, primarily due to the large increases in renewable energy across the UK. At last week’s Hunterston SSG, attended by a NFLA representative, and in related news covered in a BBC News Online article, EDF confirmed over 370 keyway route cracks have now been found on the graphite bricks of Reactor 3, around 10% of the bricks in the reactor core. The BBC article noted that EDF would be looking on presenting a safety case to the Office for Nuclear Regulation seeking a new operational limit of 700 cracks in Reactor 3. The Hunterston B reactor is over 40 years old and is one of the oldest operating nuclear reactors in Europe.
NFLA 13th March 2019 read more »
EDF Energy would like to invite you to attend a public information drop-in session at the Hunterston B Power Station Visitor Centre. The events are being held to update local residents on the graphite inspections, modelling and analysis work that has been taking place on the reactors since we took them both offline. Members of the team will be available to answer any questions about the power station’s operation, address any concerns and you will be able to view information about the operation and safety aspects of the plant.
Largs and Millport News 12th March 2019 read more »
A multi-million pound investment package that will change the face of Ayrshire was rubber-stamped by the three Ayrshire Councils and the UK and Scottish Governments. It is hoped the deal will create approximately 7000 jobs across a wide range of sectors. The investment will be delivered over a 15-year period. Included in the deal will be £14m tourism investment at Irvine Harbourside and Ardeer Peninsula, £18 million for the Centre for Research into Low Carbon Energy and Circular Economy (CECE) at the Hunterston Strategic West Scotland Industrial Hub and £11 million for a subsea fibre optic cable to have its landing point in Irvine, as well as massive projects in South and East Ayrshire.
Irvine Times 12th March 2019 read more »