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Getting the Best Out of Britain's Nuclear Workhorses

01 April 2008

British Energy owns and operates eight nuclear power stations. Between them they produce approximately 20% of the UK's electricity and, over their lifetime, have avoided the production of around 800 million tons of CO2.

The AGR design is unique to the UK and a considerable amount of development work has been required over the years to underpin safe, reliable, operation. This paper outlines a brief history of nuclear power in the UK; highlights some of the challenges which have been encountered along the way, and gives examples of the significant improvements in performance of the nuclear fleet over recent years.

It concludes by looking at the likely demand for electricity in the future and the role nuclear generation can play in meeting this national need.

Meet the Speaker

Andrew Spurr joined the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) at Marchwood Engineering Labs in 1975 and worked on various research projects. He was jointly awarded the IMechE George Stephenson medal for his work in the area of steam turbine efficiency. He joined the Design division in 1987 and held various posts before becoming engineering Manager at Hartlepool power station in 1990. He was appointed as Station Manager at Dungeness “A” in 1994 and Station Director at Dungeness “B” in 1996. He was appointed as British Energy's Engineering Director in 2001, Nuclear Operations Director in 2003, Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer in 2005 and Chief Technical Officer in 2007. As Chief Technical Officer he is responsible for all the Technical Support to British Energy's fleet of 7 AGR and 1 Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) Nuclear Stations.

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: Dr Andrew Spurr - Chief Technical Officer, British Energy

Duration: 59 mins