Where does Britain get its electricity from?
Most of the UK’s electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, mainly natural gas (42% in 2016) and coal (9% in 2016). A very small amount is produced from other fuels (3.1% in 2016).
How many Magnox sites are there?
The twelve sites are located at Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Hunterston A, Oldbury, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd, Wylfa, Harwell and Winfrith….Magnox Ltd.
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What is Dorset’s SGHWR site most famous for?
The only water-cooled reactor ever to be built in the UK, SGHWR’s cooling towers became the Dorset’s site most recognisable landmark.
What did the SGHWR do for the UK?
It became a centre for research and development, including the prototype high gas cooled reactor DRAGON and the SGHWR (Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor), which provided enough electricity to the National Grid to power a small town. Later the site also diversified into other disciplines, such as safety testing and oil exploration.
What happened to the Winfrith Nuclear Reactor?
The Winfrith reactor was shut down in 1990. The site is now split between the nuclear licensed site, the extensive Dorset Green Technology Park (formerly Winfrith Technology Centre) and the headquarters of the Dorset Police . Ownership of the Winfrith Nuclear site has now passed to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
How is the Winfrith site programme progressing?
Good progress is being made on the first phase of the Winfrith Site Programme, which focuses on the decommissioning of facilities and the transferring of waste off-site. Preparatory works for safe dismantling of the SGHWR and DRAGON reactor core are advanced with dismantling expected to start in the next 2-3 years.