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Dungeness A Site's control room falls silent

The central control room at Magnox’s Dungeness A Site is now silent for the first time in more than half a century.

Home to an array of buttons, switches and dials controlling the former power station, the facility has been at the centre of site operations 24 hours a day since generation began in the 1965.

Chas Parr, who worked in the control room, said: “There has been lots of change since we ceased generation in 2006, but this is a very practical sign that the site has moved on. A number of us have spent many years working in the control room, so it’s going to be strange knowing it is empty, unoccupied and no longer a workplace or home.”

The move follows confirmation three years ago that all nuclear fuel had been removed from the site – representing 99 per cent of the radioactive hazard that had existed – as well as further work to demolish and remove redundant buildings.

Closure Director, Paul Wilkinson, added: “It has been a big year for visible changes at Dungeness A as we move towards closure. Earlier in 2015 we completed removal of the turbine hall and, while demanning a control room might not appear on the same scale, it’s another huge cultural shift from a site that produced electricity.”

With the control room retired from service, alternative arrangements more appropriate for a project driven site have been put in place. This will see shift staff work from other areas of the site with the flexibility to move around and respond to the changing demands of decommissioning.

Download full resolution images of the control room through the years:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnoxsites/sets/72157659255066961