UK Regulators Declare Sizewell A Fuel-Free

Posted by NucNet on 19 February 2015 in NucNet


UK regulators have confirmed that Sizewell A is completely fuel-free with 99 percent of the radioactive hazard now removed from the former nuclear station in Suffolk, eastern England.

Sizewell A’s two Magnox gas-cooled reactors operated from 1966 until 2006. Defuelling began in 2009, with fuel removed from the reactors placed in the site’s used fuel storage ponds before being packaged in transport containers for shipment to the Sellafield complex for reprocessing.

A Sizewell spokesman said confirmation of the reduction in hazard allows the site to move “a step further into decommissioning activities and towards the point of closure”.