Berkeley Nuclear Pouer Station

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Berkeley nuclear pouer station
One o the two reactor blocks in 1981
Kintra Ingland
Location Gloucestershire, South West Ingland
Coordinates 51°41′33″N 2°29′37″W / 51.6925°N 2.493611°W / 51.6925; -2.493611Coordinates: 51°41′33″N 2°29′37″W / 51.6925°N 2.493611°W / 51.6925; -2.493611
Status Closed
Commission date 1962
Decommission date 1989
grid reference ST6588599471

Berkeley nuclear pouer station is a disused Magnox nuclear pouer station situated on the bank o the River Severn in Gloucestershire, Ingland.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The construction o the pouer station, which was undertaken bi a consortium o AEI an John Thompson, began in 1956. It had two Magnox reactors producin 276 megawatts (MW) in total. This was enough electricity on a typical day tae serve an urban area the size o Bristol. The reactors were supplied bi The Nuclear Power Group (TNPG) an the turbines by AEI. Electricity generation started in 1962 and ran for 27 years tae 1989.

Reactor 2 was shut doon in October 1988, followed by Reactor 1 in March 1989. Berkeley was the first commercial nuclear pouer station in the Unitit Kinrick tae be decommissioned followin its closure in 1989.

So far the nuclear decommissionin process has involved the removal o all fuel from the site in 1992, an the demolition o structures such as the turbine hall in 1995 an cuiling ponds in 2001. The next step o decommissioning will be the care an maintenance stage o the nuclear reactor structures, scheduled to commence in 2026, until radioactive decay means that they can be demolished an the site completely cleared between 2070 an 2080.

In March 2012 five o the 310-tonne boilers were moved from the station tae Sweden for decontamination an recyclin.

In December 2013 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority selected Berkeley as the preferred interim store for Intermediate-level waste from the decommissioned Oldbury nuclear pouer station. This became operational in 2014.

Berkeley is one o four nuclear pouer stations located close tae the mouth o the River Severn and the Bristol Channel, the others bein Oldbury, Hinkley Point A and Hinkley Point B.