New nuclear has finally kicked-off with the start of ground investigation for the next generation of power stations.
Geotechnical contractor Hydrock began preliminary work at Oldbury, Gloucestershire, on behalf of energy giant E.on. Oldbury is one of 11 sites proposed by the government to host new nuclear power stations.
Drilling for 22 boreholes between 40m and 80m in depth began on 3 August. Hydrock director Dr Adam Fisher said: “We have been working in the new nuclear build programme for the past 18 months and it forms a major part of our growth strategy. This is a complex and critical piece of work.”
With many nuclear and coal-fired stations set to close over the next 10 years, the government has put new nuclear at the heart of its future energy plan. A government decision is expected to be made on preferred sites by the end of the year.
Oldbury is the first site to be assessed for construction of a nuclear power station. If successful, it will be operational by 2018.