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Scotland already had Dounreay, very much an experimental nuclear power site where Free personals online Armonk New York UK Government wanted to develop fast breeder reactors. Three reactors were built there in the s but did not export power to the National Grid until Chapelcross, by comparison, was a Magnox-type reactor, a de which Britain pioneered but which is now found exclusively in North Korea.
Looking back at the history of Chapelcross, it was very much a product of the Cold War. Beautiful housewives looking real sex Gresham had four uranium-fuelled Magnox reactors and four huge cooling towers that were arguably the most distinctive man-made sight in all of Dumfries and Galloway.
At its peak, Chapelcross had a generating capacity of MW of electrical power.
There was no hiding what Chapelcross was really all. While a British inter-continental ballistic missile was still on the drawing board — Beautiful housewives wants sex Perrysburg eventually had to buy Polaris from the US — the Royal Navy and its Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force were tasked with being capable of delivering nuclear bombs around the globe if necessary, though the USSR was always the principal target.
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That plutonium was its main product did not stop successive governments dressing up the Chapelcross project — they maintained that plutonium would be the by-product of electricity generation instead of the other way round.
Blue Danube had been the first British nuclear bomb but was quickly outmoded and Red Beard was introduced in and went into operational service the following year.
Casual Dating ID Eagle 83616 It also supplied power to the National Grid from right up to when the plant, by then controlled by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, ceased production. Chapelcross had a relatively good safety record in comparison to other nuclear power stations around the world.
There was almost a disaster in when fuel caught fire in one of the reactors and radioactivity was released, but it was contained quickly. After production ceased, the site was transferred to the Nuclear Decommission Authority and indecommissioning work began, Woman seeking casual sex Cummaquid of it carried out by Magnox Ltd.
They were brought down by explosives in spectacular fashion, reducing the towers to 25, tonnes of rubble in15 seconds — you can see it on Youtube. Defuelling of the reactors was only completed in Februaryafter which a massive project began to dismantle tonnes of steelwork in each of the 16 heat I am looking for friends with definite benefits towers. That was only completed in Novemberwith most of the steel cleaned and recycled.
A ificant factor in the project was the removal of tonnes of dangerous asbestos. Complete decommission of Chapelcross is not expected until Meanwhile there are numerous plans for the hectare site on which peak employment saw people working at Chapelcross.
So in one way, Chapelcross really is a museum piece.