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Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the recommended decommissioning dates are for each nuclear power station built in the UK; and what the (a) recommended and (b) actual decommissioning date was for nuclear power stations that have been decommissioned. (67821)

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) assumed responsibility for the decommissioning and clean up of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy on 1 April 2005. The NDA has four operational Magnox nuclear power stations: Dungeness A, Sizewell A, Oldbury, and Wylfa; and, seven that are being decommissioned: Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Calder Hall, Hinkley A, Hunterston A, Trawsfynydd. The recently approved NDA strategy contains the following assumptions of end dates and states, but also signals that the NDA intends to review these in consultation with stakeholders in the near future. Details are as follows:

Non-operational Magnox

Lifetime

End state/date

Berkeley (Gloucestershire)

1962-1989

Delicensed/2083

Bradwell (Essex)

1962-2002

Delicensed/2103

Calder Hall (Cumbria)

1956-2003

Site cleared for delicensing/2117

Chapelcross (Scotland)

1959-2004

Undetermined/2128

Hinkley Point A (Somerset)

1965-2000

Delicensed/2104

Hunterston A (Scotland)

1964-1989

Delicensed/2090

Trawsfynydd (Wales)

1965-1991

Delicensed/2096

Operational Magnox

Lifetime/planned closure date

Dungeness A (Kent)

1965-2006/planned to cease generation end 2006

Landscaped/2111

Sizewell A (Suffolk)

1966-2006/planned to cease generation end 2006

Delicensed/2110

Oldbury (Gloucestershire)

1967-2008/planned to cease generation end 2008

Delicensed/2118

Wylfa (Wales)

1971-2010/planned to cease generation end 2010

Brownfield/2125

British Energy (BE) has eight operational power stations (seven advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) stations and one pressurised water reactor (PWR)). The following table sets out BE’s current estimated dates for station closure (and thereby decommissioning). Any changes to these dates will be a matter for BE, subject to approval from the NDA in certain circumstances: Current proposals are:

LifetimeScheduled closure

AGR Stations

Dungeness B (Kent)

35 years

2018

Hinkley Point B (Somerset)

35 years

2011

Hunterston B (Scotland)

35 years

2011

Heysham 1 (Lane's)

30 years

2014

Hartlepool (Teesside)

30 years

2014

Torness (Scotland)

35 years

2023

Heysham 2 (Cleveland)

35 years

2023

PWR Station

Sizewell B (Suffolk)

40 years

2035

The NDA’s Strategy is available through its website at: www.nda.gov.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of a new generation of nuclear power stations on the UK’s water supply. (75602)

I have been asked to reply.

The option of building new nuclear power stations is still being considered as part of the Government’s Energy Review. Any implications for public water supply would be considered as part of the environmental impact assessment for the planning of individual power stations.