Homeinformation libraryfacts and figuresreactor database hinkley point b1 nuclear essentials information library facts and figures country briefings nuclear fuel cycle current and future generation safety and security energy and the environment economic aspects nonpower nuclear applications. The elastomer seals in the machine, the makeup shield telescopic snouts and the grab are cooled by a cold co 2 supply, the flow totalling 0. This nuclear power reactor combines familiar and proven technology with performance and safety innovations. Sep 16, 2016 the hinkley point c design, known as the epr, is new. Hinkley point nuclear project grinds onwards through a sea of. Hinkley point b power station was built between 1967 and 1975 and started generating electricity on 5 february 1976. After a fiveyear process, regulators have said the european pressurised reactor, designed by. Hinkley point goahead delayed amid edf funding doubts. The french and finish reactors are running very late and way over budget.
The consent covers the placement of the structural concrete for the first nuclear safetyrelated structure, the technical galleries at the hinkley point c site. On 28 july 2016 the edf board approved the project, and on 15 september 2016 the uk. Jul 28, 2016 an aerial, cgi view of hinkley point c. Snclavalin group subsidiary atkins has been awarded a contract to assess the software for the reactor protection system at the hinkley point c hpc plant in somerset. The protection system will monitor the two nuclear reactors at hpc. School celebrated after winning the hinkley point visitor centre 20 design a christmas card competition. Hinkley point b is a nuclear power station near bridgwater, somerset, on the bristol channel coast of south west england. Hinkley point b is a nuclear power station near bridgwater, somerset, on. Milestone for hinkley point c nuclear power station. Operating at its current reduced level of around 70% of full output, hinkley point b is capable of supplying over 1.
We believe nuclear power is a critical part of generating lowcarbon electricity for the future. The design for the first new nuclear reactors in britain for 25 years has been accepted for use in the uk. Edf britains first new nuclear power station in more than 20 years will contain the industrys most cuttingedge technology. Provisions to protect the plant against the design basis earthquake. The epr is a third generation pressurised water reactor design. Reactor 3 has been on line since 27 september 20, and operated at nominal full load throughout. Building britains first new nuclear reactor since 1995. Hinkley point b, opened in 1976 was, along with hunterston b, the first such reactor to be connected to the grid. Uks biggest ever concrete pour takes place at hinkley point c.
The building of hinkley point c will make the site home to three power stations demonstrating the three generations of nuclear technology. Heat transfer from the reactor containment to the ultimate heat sink. A makeup shield is therefore coupled to the fuelling machine when it is at the reactor. Hinkley point c progress in march 2017, onr granted its first consent for the start of construction of a twin epr nuclear power station at hinkley point c.
Privacy notice world nuclear association world nuclear. This is the west country 17th nov 2019 the safety regulator for the nuclear industry has no information about the risk of earth tremors from fracking near the hinkley point power station, a campaign group has revealed. Dec, 2012 the design for the first uk nuclear power stations to be built for 25 years has been granted approval. Jan 26, 2016 hinkley point goahead delayed amid edf funding doubts. This vfm framework comprising four separate tests was developed and agreed by the departments chief economist in 2011. Hinkley point c will be the uks second pwr, after sizewell b, but. That goes far wider than hinkley point cindustry has set out proposals to develop 18 gw of new nuclear power in the ukbut the first step in this longterm plan is hinkley, which will be the first new nuclear power plant to be built in the uk for 20 years, and which will blaze a trail for further nuclear development. The proposed new plant, known as hinkley point c, will be built next to two existing facilities, hinkley point a and b, and is set to begin generating electricity in 2025.
The outsourced water treatment plant at hinkley point b nuclear power station near bridgwater in somerset is the first of its kind to be installed at a british energy site. Edf energy said the construction cost for hinkley point c in somerset had climbed by between. The design for the first uk nuclear power stations to be built for 25 years has been granted approval. Hinkley point b nuclear power station bridgwater landmark. It was the first commercial advanced gas cooled reactor to generate power to the national grid in 1976 and shares its design with sister station hunterston b nuclear power station. Reactor 4 has been on line since 10 june 20, and operated at nominal full load throughout november. Four of these are already under construction, one in finland, one in france and two in china. Hinkley point b reactor 3 periodic shutdown 2019 edf energy. This is similar to the sizewell nuclear power station on the suffolk coast, but on a. Hinkley point b came into service in 1976 but its working life has been extended to 2016. Sep 14, 2016 at flamanville in france, where the utility is building a reactor of the same design proposed for hinkley point, costs have more than tripled to 10. In september 2008, edf, the new owners of hinkley point b, announced plans to build a. They are both scheduled to be shut down in 2023, and significant research and development is underway to understand the true safe operating lifetimes of these plants. Apr 21, 2017 the site is overshadowed by edfs existing hinkley point b power station, due to be decommissioned in 2023, and hinkley point a, which closed in 2000.
The french firm edf has approved plans for a massive nuclear reactor in the uk, but the uk government is hesitating. Edf is using the same reactor design at the olkiluoto nuclear project in finland and at flamanville in france, where costs have also spiralled by. How uks first nuclear reactor for 25 years will work new. Edf energy has signalled it plans to keep the complex going for. Why hinkley point is a nuclear folly of titanic proportions. Hinkley point b is a nuclear power station near bridgwater in somerset. It is the same reactor design edf plans to use for hinkley, a socalled european pressurized reactor epr. Hinkley point c nuclear power station hpc is a project to construct a 3,200 mwe nuclear power station with two epr reactors in somerset, england. On 28 july 2016 the edf board approved the project, and on 15 september 2016 the uk government approved the. Edf energy is currently developing the detailed design of a twinreactor nuclear power plant to be built at hinkley point near bridgwater in somerset. Eprs originally known as european pressurised water reactors are a type of pressurised water reactor pwr. Oct 18, 2011 hinkley point b came into service in 1976 but its working life has been extended to 2016. Hinkley point c chief instrumentation and control engineer paul. Hinkley point is the first new nuclear power station in the uk since sizewell b in 1995.
In europe this reactor design was called european pressurised reactor, and the internationalised name was evolutionary. Hinkley point b is the first advanced gascooled reactor in the uk. The uk record for the most concrete ever poured in one go has been broken at hinkley point c. Next to hinkley point a with its two magnox reactor buildings there is hinkley point b, operated by edf energy, with two agcr reactors in one building. Edf energy is currently developing the detailed design of a twin reactor nuclear power plant to be built at hinkley point near bridgwater in somerset. The uk epr design marks significant progress towards sustainability. Supply opportunities at new nuclear reactor, hinkley point. The role specific mentor guide issued for each role acts as a log book for recording competence. Hinkley point nuclear project powers ahead financial times. Thats the same as taking 117 million passenger vehicles off the road. The hinkley point site is currently organized as two nuclear power stations. A third plant has been under consideration for many years. Hinkley point b is situated near bridgwater, somerset on the south coast of england. Hinkleys visitor centre celebrates its first anniversaryersary staff at our visitor centre in bridgwater were joined by peter evans, hinkley bs plant manager, nigel cann, construction director of hinkley c, and shelly mitchinson from the.
Homeinformation libraryfacts and figures reactor database hinkley point b 1 nuclear essentials information library facts and figures country briefings nuclear fuel cycle current and future generation safety and security energy and the environment economic aspects nonpower nuclear applications. Licence condition 303 to startup hinkley point b reactor 3. Edf has detected quality deviations on certain welds at its new flamanville3 reactor an epr the same type of reactor as the two being built at hinkley point. Hinkley point nuclear project grinds onwards through a sea. Hinkley point nuclear plant building costs rise by up to. Edf energy nuclear generation limited ngl hinkley point b consent under. It is to be built next to the existing 1gw hinkley point b, which is due to be decommissioned in 2023, and hinkley point a, which was decommissioned in 2000. Aug 06, 2014 edf announced plans to build a new reactor at hinkley point in 2008, and bought additional land on which to construct the station in 2011. Based in somerset, hinkley point c is the first new nuclear reactor to be built in the uk in 30 years, being built by a joint venture formed by edf of france and cgn of china. The scale of the construction at hinkley is quite staggering. Throughout 20, edf was in negotiation with the department of energy and climate change about the creation of a third plant on the headland. Find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating. The design of the uk eprs that will be built at hinkley point c represents a major development on previous pwrs, making them amongst the safest and most efficient civil nuclear power generators ever designed.
It is not expected to start delivering power to the national grid until 2027. The refuelling sequence at the dungeness b reactor is similar to that at hinkley point b. Sep 15, 2016 the proposed new plant, known as hinkley point c, will be built next to two existing facilities, hinkley point a and b, and is set to begin generating electricity in 2025. Milestone for hinkley point c nuclear power station daily. Edf energy has signalled it plans to keep the complex going for five years beyond that date. Edf is building two of arevas epr reactors, with a design net power output each of. Hinkley point c, for example, will be a pressurised water reactor. May 19, 2018 hinkley point nuclear project grinds onwards through a sea of problems nuclear news no. As well the type of reactor, nuclear power station design is classified into. The european pressurised reactor epr is proposed by edf for the hinkley and sizewell sites. Hinkley point c nuclear power station hpc is a project to construct a 3,200 mwe nuclear.
The proposed site is one of eight announced by the british government in 2010, and in november 2012 a nuclear site licence was granted. Edf announced plans to build a new reactor at hinkley point in 2008, and bought additional land on which to construct the station in 2011. Hinkley points first nuclear power station, hinkley point a, operated from 1965 to 2000 and is currently being decommissioned. Hinkley point s first nuclear power station, hinkley point a, operated from 1965 to 2000 and is currently being decommissioned. China could start building its own reactor in uk in 2022 chinese reactor technology in line to be used in essex in return for funding french reactors to be built in somerset. Illustration for hinkley point nuclear plant long read illustration. The uk epr reactor generic design assessment process epr reactor areva np image et process. Hinkley point nuclear project grinds onwards through a sea of problems nuclear news no.
The construction process expected to create 25,000 jobs started in 2016 and the plant is scheduled to start generating by the end of 2025. The site is overshadowed by edfs existing hinkley point b power station, due to be decommissioned in 2023, and hinkley point a, which closed in 2000. The success of the joint application from edf energy and areva marks another significant step forward for the proposed new nuclear power station at hinkley point in somerset. Areva edf epr uk generic design assessment process. Hinkley point b, which began operating in 1976 and is scheduled to. Oct 16, 20 how uks first nuclear reactor for 25 years will work. Two 1,600 mwe reactors will be installed on the hpc project. Every year, nucleargenerated electricity in the united states alone prevents about 550 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise come from fossil fuels. Mar 17, 2017 the building of hinkley point c will make the site home to three power stations demonstrating the three generations of nuclear technology. The epr is a third generation pressurised water reactor pwr design offered by the french company areva, which is now part of edf. New nuclear plant, hinkley point c, design unveiled. Extensive site preparation work has already taken place.
The original point a power plant was completed in 1965 and decommissioned in 2000, with the larger hinkley point b completed in 1976. Under the generic design assessment process, companies submit information on their reactor designs to the nuclear regulators, who assess this information before a full application is made to build a nuclear power station at a particular site. With no real plan b after the private sector had lost interest in hinkley. Hinkley point b shuts down a reactor for maintenance bbc.
A small to mediumsized enterprise based in cambridge, they have a particular novel solution. At hinkley point b, the cold co 2 injection prevents the reactor hot gas from rising into the bulk volume of the fuelling machine pressure vessel, and when the assembly is stored within the machine its decay heat is dissipated by natural convection cooling. Secondgeneration reactors like those at hinkley b were built to. At flamanville in france, where the utility is building a reactor of the same design proposed for hinkley point, costs have more than tripled to. How uks first nuclear reactor for 25 years will work. The flamanville reactor is a new european pressurised reactor epr, the same troublesome design that is planned for hinkley.
Areva and edf submitted a joint application for generic design assessment of the uk epr. The hinkley point c design, known as the epr, is new. Summary of findings for earthquakes at hinkley point b. The first new british nuclear reactors for a quarter of a century will be safer and more efficient and reliable than ever before. Stop hinkley spokesman roy pumfrey questions whether the economic boost from hinkley c is worth the cost. Extensive site preparation work has already taken place it is to be built next to the existing 1gw hinkley point b, which is due to be decommissioned in 2023, and hinkley point a, which was decommissioned in 2000.1104 115 495 414 478 494 1028 1349 1405 1137 64 1470 1559 867 1538 1042 1216 26 125 990 1316 1068 192 184 468 397 1188 1105 125 1126 271 148 1291 1465 758 1294 1083