Monday, 19 March 2012

# 193 Abnormal loads passing through Berkeley

Berkeley Power Station was the UK's first commercial nuclear power station, it was built in the late 50s, commissioned in the early 60s and finally decommissioned in 1988/1989.

Last Friday the 1st of five boilers was removed from the power station and transported to Sharpness docks, from there the boilers will be taken by boat to Sweden for recycling. According to a local publication, the Berkeley Flyer, each boiler is 22 metres long and weighs over 300 tonnes. The logistics involved in moving these boilers is amazing with some street signs and over head cables having to be removed and even some tree branches had to be prunned. There were also some traffic restrictions put in place.

By chance I witnessed some of the action today and fortunately I had the camera with me.

Getting ready for another load.

Here it comes, another huge boiler.

The second boiler of the day.

Berkeley Power Station.