A nuclear power station is considering a Portishead site to deposit hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment as part of works taking place in the Bristol Channel. EDF Energy Hinkley Point C Power Station is due to resume its second phase of mud dredging later this year and wants to deposit the sediment as part of works to install cooling water intakes under the channel. Hinkley Point C is currently making applications to the Marine Management Organisation to commence dredging at either the Portishead licensed disposal site or at Natural Resources Wales for the Cardiff Grounds equivalent. Mud dredging first began at the Cardiff Grounds in September 2018 and either the site in Portishead or Cardiff will be used for the entirety of the disposal. The maximum volume of mud and sediment dredging being applied for is 469,000 cubic metres (m3).
North Somerset Times 10th Feb 2021 read more »