Hunterston A Power Station Future, Ayrshire, Scotland

Hunterston A Power Station Future, Ayrshire, Scotland

TRM DA
Description
A model of the proposed future look of Hunterston A power station. Hunterston A nuclear power station was a Magnox power station located at Hunterston in Ayrshire, Scotland, adjacent to Hunterston B and is currently being decommissioned. Construction of the power station, which was undertaken by a consortium of GEC and Simon Carves,began in 1957 and the facility was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 22 September 1964. Hunterston A had two Magnox reactors capable of generating 180 MWe each. The reactors were supplied by GEC and the turbines by C.A. Parsons & Company. The main civil engineering contractor was Mowlem. The Magnox reactors used natural uranium fuel within a graphite core, and were cooled by carbon dioxide gas. Each reactor, which consisted of more than 3000 fuel channels, was enclosed in a steel pressure vessel. Eight boilers were located around each reactor. An outer building, mainly of glass, provided weather protection. The six 60MW generators were located in a turbine hall. The Hunterston A reactor design was unique in that each was raised up to a height of over 10 metres to enable refuelling to take place from underneath. This meant that gravity assisted the process of used fuel removal, and avoided the need for lifting machinery to be inserted into the active core for on-load refuelling. In later years of operation the reactors were derated to 150 MWe each. #Ayshire #concrete #future #GEC #Hunterston #Magnox #Nuclear #operational #Power_Station #reactor #Scotland #TRM_DA #uranium
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