Work on the proposed Bradwell nuclear power station could be severely delayed with aspects of the project paused until “future years”. The decision comes a month after the Environment Agency told the Chinese nuclear developer behind the plans that in order to build the new reactor, it must resolve at least six safety issues before moving forward. A letter to Maldon District Council from Bradwell B Power Generation Company (BRB) – formed from the partnership of China General Nuclear Power and EDF – says that in order to tightly control expenditure, it needs to pause aspects of the project that it is not yet ready to progress. This includes essential engagement with local authorities and other statutory stakeholders which will “begin again in future years”. The letter adds that the coronavirus crisis has delayed the work and to ensure that the project moves forward efficiently in 2021 and beyond, it will be prioritising technical aspects such as site feasibility.
East Anglian Daily Times 15th Feb 2021 read more »
A FORUM has been held to discuss the details of the technology set for the Bradwell B project. The second community forum, which was held online, saw more than 30 representatives from across the Maldon district attend the meeting for members of the project team to find out about the reactor design proposed for the site. This list included community organisations, public service organisations, county, district and parish councillors and MPs. China General Nuclear (CGN) has developed and is constructing new nuclear power stations in China using Hualong reactors. The UK HPR1000 power station is based on the Hualong design and has been submitted to the UK nuclear regulators for an assessment to see if it is a suitable build for Bradwell B. Bradwell B’s community relations manager Stephen Bray said: “We were joined by Environment Agency representatives, who presented on the regulators’ generic design assessment of our proposed reactor technology, the UK HPR1000, and their current public consultation. “We also took the time to talk about environmental impact assessment, which is a major part of our work in preparing our application for planning permission.” The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group have said the main problem with any new nuclear development at Bradwell was the unsuitability of the site itself.
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