£12.8m funding announced to speed up Dungeness A decommissioning
Dungeness A is to receive £12.8m over the next three years to speed up decommissioning and demolition work at the former nuclear power station.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Chief Finance Officer, David Batters, made the announcement during a visit to the site on Romney Marsh in Kent to see decommissioning progress first-hand and to take a look at the areas of the site that will be cleared as a result of the work.
Also taking part in the visit were NDA Chief Executive, John Clarke, NDA Head of Programmes for Magnox and RSRL, Brian Burnett, and Non Executive Directors, Murray Easton and Chris Fenton.
The extra funding will allow the south side of the site to be cleared in around three years, rather than in 15 years as originally planned, providing a jobs-boost to the local economy and reducing the overall cost of the project. The skyline of the site will be transformed dramatically as the 26-metre tall turbine halls are set to be demolished.
David Batters said:
“The accelerated demolition work will deliver significant major savings in the long term, while demonstrating visible progress in decommissioning the site.”
Dungeness A Site Director, Ray Jepps, said:
“The additional funding is excellent news for Dungeness A and the local area, as it enables us to complete another milestone project along the site’s journey towards care and maintenance and hazard reduction.
“At its peak, the work will create an additional 70 jobs and will secure employment for a number of staff at the site – for the duration for the project.”
Further potential savings are likely to be made through the sale of scrap metal and by avoiding the need for ongoing maintenance work on the ageing building, resulting in a cumulative saving of £15m compared with the current plan.
Magnox Ltd, the Site Licence Company (SLC) that operates Dungeness A, recently awarded a Framework Contract worth £304m for deplanting, demolition and bulk asbestos removal across the 10 nuclear Magnox reactor sites.
This optimised approach to decommissioning is expected to save the UK taxpayer more than £1.3 billion.