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Nuclear fuel flasks hit the road

Fuel lorry
The first fuel flask has been removed from Chapelcross

The first container carrying spent nuclear fuel rods has left the Chapelcross plant in southern Scotland.

Over the next three years it is expected about 300 similar journeys will be undertaken to remove 38,000 spent rods in total.

It is part of the £800m decommissioning process at the Annan plant which ceased energy production five years ago.

The fuel rods are being transported by road across the border to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing.

Defuelling and operations manager Tim Dunham said: "This is a fantastic achievement to get to this stage after five years of work.

"It is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of the Chapelcross team who made this happen."

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