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Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy when (a) Springfields, (b) Heysham A and B, (c) Hartlepool, (d) Wylfa, (e) Trawsfydd, (f) Oldbury, (g) Berkeley, (h) Hinkley Point A and B, (i) Winfrith, (j) Dungeness A and B, (k) Bradwell, (l) Sizewell and (m) Sellafield were connected to the national grid.

The CEGB, BNFL and the UKAEA as appropriate have advised me that the, first of the turbine generators at each station were synchronised to the grid on the following dates:

Heysham 1July 1983
Heysham 22
HartlepoolAugust 1983
WylfaJanuary 1971
TrawsfynddJanuary 1965
OldburyNovember 1967
BerkeleyJune 1962
Hinkley Point AFebruary 1965
Hinkley Point BFebruary 1976
WinfrithDecember 1967
Dungeness ASeptember 1965
Dungeness BApril 1983
BradwellJuly 1962
SizewellJanuary 1966
1 The facilities at Springfields do not provide power to the grid.
2 The reactors at Heysham 2 are undergoing engineering tests and no power has been provided to the grid.
3 The Sellafield site includes the Calder Hall reactors the first of which provided electricity supplies to the grid in October 1956.
Except for Winfrith, each of these stations has a number of turbines and these were synchronised to the grid at subsequent times.