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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 June 2006, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Nuclear plant generates new jobs
Chapelcross towers
An estimated 40 posts have been created for decommissioning
About 40 new jobs are being created to help decommission the Chapelcross nuclear power plant near Annan.

It will take the workforce at the plant to close to 480.

A range of job opportunities are being offered as the British Nuclear Group carries out work on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Chapelcross site manager Mike Travis said the aim would be to recruit the majority of new workers from among the local community.

He said it was "fantastic news" and reaffirmed the plant's commitment to the area.

Major challenges

"Like the many local contractors we employ, we believe we have a wealth of talent and skills on our doorstep that we fully intend to explore and utilise," said Mr Travis.

He said the new staff were needed to cope with the "challenges" of decommissioning and defuelling.

All interested parties are being asked to apply via their local job centres, only after the positions are advertised in the local press.

With Chapelcross currently being decommissioned, workers are campaigning for a new plant on the same site.

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