Few people ever get to go inside Sizewell B’s nuclear reactor – but today, we can give you rare, privileged access to a scientific marvel right here in Suffolk usually hidden from sight. You will probably be very familiar with the power station’s famous white dome, which can be seen from miles away along the Suffolk coastline. But hardly anyone has seen what is inside the dome – until now. There are many very good reasons why the inside of the 65metre high, 45metre diameter building is strictly out of bounds to all but the most highly-trained nuclear engineers. The EDF Energy-run station is currently shut down for a total of six weeks for maintenance work to take place – the most crucial of which is the refuelling of the nuclear reactor, to ensure it can continue operating for another 18 months. That process takes about a month and requires a high level of skill and expertise which takes years to learn, meaning that around 200 people can be in the containment area at any one time.
East Anglian Daily Times 3rd May 2021 read more »