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Plan for Sizewell B spent nuclear fuel store

Sizewell B nuclear power station
Sizewell B provides about 3% of the UK's electricity

Plans for a store to house spent fuel at Sizewell B nuclear power station have gone to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for consent.

The application follows a six-week public consultation last year.

Spent fuel from the reactor is currently stored in a fuel storage pond which will provide capacity until 2015.

If the application is approved, the new dry fuel store, which British Energy says is tried and tested technology, will provide capacity from 2015.

The company, which is part of EDF, said as part of the process the spent fuel was placed within a welded metal canister, cleaned and then placed within a large concrete cask.

The casks are then stored in the dry fuel store.



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