£12.8m for Dungeness ‘A’ decommissioning

Dungeness A is to receive £12.8m over the next three years to help speed up decommissioning and demolition work at the former nuclear power station.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) Chief Finance Officer, David Batters, made the announcement during a visit to the site on Romney Marsh in Kent to see decommissioning progress first-hand and take a look at the areas of the site which will be cleared as a result of the work.

The south side of the site will be cleared in around three years, rather than in 15 years as originally planned, providing a jobs-boost to the local economy and reducing the overall cost of the project.

David Batters said: “We are delighted to make this funding available. The accelerated demolition work will deliver significant major savings in the long term, while demonstrating visible progress in decommissioning the site.”

The skyline of the site will be transformed dramatically as the 26-metre tall turbine halls are set to be demolished.

Dungeness A Site Director, Ray Jepps, said:  “This is excellent news for Dungeness A and the local area, as it enables us to complete another milestone project along the site’s journey towards care and maintenance and hazard reduction.

“At its peak, the work will create an additional 70 jobs and will secure employment for a number staff at the site – for the duration of the project.”

Further potential savings are likely to be made through the sale of scrap metal and by avoiding the need for on-going maintenance work on the ageing building resulting in a cumulative saving of £15m over the current plan.

Magnox recently awarded a Framework Contract worth £304 million for de-planting, demolition and bulk asbestos removal across all its 10 nuclear reactor sites in the UK.  By bringing together a number of related projects in this way, optimising the approach to decommissioning, it is expected the UK taxpayer will save more than £1.3 billion.

The final flask of fuel was dispatched from Dungeness A for reprocessing in April this year, completing a five-year programme of defuelling which removed over 99% of the radioactive hazard from the site.

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