About turn on station closure

Contributed by editor on Sep 15, 2005 - 08:51 PM


In an apparent about turn the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station is to remain open for a further ten years.

British Energy had been planned  to cease generating   electricity at the plant in December 2006 when defuelling was set to begin.

The announcement  made o­n Thursday by the plant's operator British Energy will mean the station will be producing electricity until 2018.

The company called it great news because of the economic benefit and jobs boost that the extension would provide for the Romney Marsh area but drew criticism from South East's Green MEP, Caroline Lucas who described it as "enormously disappointing news".