Dungeness ‘A’ demolition broadcast live

magnox 150Decommissioning of Dungeness A is being broadcast live on the Magnox website as the turbine hall is knocked down.

Demolition of the 26 metre high structure, which is the largest building to be demolished as part of the current phase of decommissioning, began this week.

It originally housed four turbo-generators running at 1,500 revolutions per minute to turn steam into electricity for 40 years until the site ended generation in 2006.

This final demolition represents the culmination of a three year programme of work, thanks to an additional £12.8 million of funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), to accelerate the clearance of the south side of the site. The work was originally intended to take 12 years.

Paul Wilkinson, Site Director, said: “This is a very visible sign of our progress. Thousands of people have either worked in the turbine hall or lived alongside it in our local community over the years, so we wanted to give them the opportunity to witness the final part of the journey for this part of the site. I hope lots of people take the opportunity to see the work as it takes place.”

David Batters, NDA Chief Finance Officer, added: “This is an excellent example of what the NDA was set up to deliver: accelerated decommissioning progress that alters the local skyline and saves money for the taxpayer. My thanks and congratulations go to the Magnox team at Dungeness A for their hard work in making it happen.”

Specialist contractor Erith is undertaking the demolition and clearance which is expected to be complete by the end of March subject to weather conditions.

You can follow @magnoxsites on Twitter, to see the latest images of the work.

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