Dungeness nuclear power station

Dungeness nuclear power station comprises a pair of nuclear power stations located on the Dungeness headland in the south east of Kent, England.

Dungeness A houses two Magnox reactors of 219MW each, which have been shut down permanently in December 2006. An intermediate level waste store is planned on the site of the turbine hall for 2014. The waste store and reactor building will then be placed on a care and maintenance basis until 2103, with final site clearance and closure by 2111. Decommissioning is estimated to cost £1.2 billion.

Dungeness B is the site of two advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) of 615MW each, which began operations in 1983 and 1985 respectively. Dungeness B was the first commercial scale AGR power station to be constructed.

On 15 April 2009 Dungeness was included in a list of 11 potential sites for new nuclear power stations, at the request of EDF Energy, which owns and operates Dungeness B. The government did not include Dungeness C in its draft National Policy Statement published on 9 November 2009, citing environmental reasons and concerns about coastal erosion and associated flood risk. The site was ruled out by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne in October 2010 with the former government's list of eleven potential sites reduced to eight.

Map Point: 

New energy secretary’s appointment underlines unhealthy relationship between government and nuclear sector

Anti-nuclear campaigners have slammed the decision to appoint Ed Davey as the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary as further evidence of the unhealthily close relationship between the government and the nuclear energy sector.

Campaign group, Kick Nuclear, has learned that Davey’s brother, Henry, is a partner at Herbert Smith, a law firm that has a long-standing relationship with the nuclear giant EDF Energy. Herbert Smith’s website declares that it is, ‘proud to be at the vanguard of next generation nuclear in the UK’.

Risks from nuclear waste transports

'Stop Nuclear Trains through the Olympic Site and Stratford' - Public meeting organised by the Nuclear Trains Action Group, Stratford Advice Arcade, Saturday 18 June 2011

Presentation by Daniel Viesnik, Kick Nuclear

Why are we worried about nuclear waste trains passing through the Olympic site and the local area? This is due to the risk of a terrorist attack or accident.

Terrorist attack

Legal challenge of government justification for new nuclear / video

Rory Walker of the Heysham Anti Nuclear Alliance talks about the legal challenge to the government's justification for new nuclear.

EDF Energy targeted by anti-nuclear campaigners

Press release: for immediate use

No New Nuclear - Planning to Win: This Weekend!

For grassroots campaigners to network, share ideas and info, and make plans to win.

By developing skills and confidence in creating and implementing campaign and action plans, we can identify when and where our interventions can be most successful.

Event Date and Time: 
Sat, 21/11/2009 - 11:00am - Sun, 22/11/2009 - 5:00pm