Nuclear fallout

Guardian, 17th Sept 2008

E.ON, the German energy company that owns Kingsnorth power station, was keeping its head down after the Greenpeace verdict, but it's leaked out that it is now planning to build a nuclear reactor on the banks of the river Severn at Oldbury, Gloucestershire.

Nearby communities need not expect anything too soon. The company wants a European pressurised reactor, the kind now under construction at Olkiluoto, Finland, and Flamanville, northern France.

Both projects are entangled in construction problems; foundations have been laid with the wrong mix of concrete, and welds have been wrongly applied. Olkiluoto is now two-and-a-half years behind schedule and £1bn overspent. Flamanville is six months behind schedule.


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