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Hinkley pond drained

The Ponds Programme at Hinkley has hit a major operational milestone with the drain and stabilisation of the reactor one pond, meaning that both of the sites cooling ponds are now empty.

Work first started in the reactor one pond in 2005. Following a pause in project work, through 2010-2012, physical work resumed in 2013. Since then both Hinkley ponds have had up to 10m3 of highly active sludge removed, several tonnes of underwater pond furniture removed, 5,540m3 of water drained and the surfaces stabilised.