Massive boilers stop traffic
Monday 19 March 2012
A village came to a standstill today as the first of five massive boilers - each weighing more than 25 buses - trundled slowly through the streets to be shipped off for recycling.
Roads in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, were temporarily closed to traffic, telephone wires were lifted and street furniture moved.
The operation was launched to accommodate transporters carrying the 310-tonne boilers from the nearby Berkeley power station.
The convoy moved at no more than walking pace as the first of the boilers - measuring nearly 70ft - made its way to Sharpness docks a few miles away.
It will then be loaded on to a barge and taken to Portbury Docks, near Bristol, for the start of a sea journey to Sweden, where all five will be melted down and sold as scrap metal.
Berkeley site director Steve McNally said: "The removal of these boilers is a huge skyline change for the site and is a great achievement for team Berkeley and importantly our customer, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
"We have managed to remove legacy waste from the site instead of leaving it for future generations to manage.
"This project also has great environmental credentials, as the majority of the metal will be free-released into the marketplace for reuse."
Berkeley, which is part-way through decommissioning, will be the first former nuclear power station in the UK to remove its boilers and send them for recycling.
Specialist lifting equipment was used to load the boilers, which are classified as low-level radioactive waste, on to the purpose-built transportation vehicles.
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic extremists, says president-led committee
Stephen Hawking's wife Jane Wilde on their marriage breakdown: 'The family were left behind'
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
White and gold or blue and black – what colour is the dress? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...