Magnox Electric Limited
- Andrew Chadwick (Research Associate, Department of Planning)
- total grant value: £3,500
- time duration: January - March 2007
Strategies (the existing deferred site clearance strategy and an alternative accelerated decommissioning strategy involving early site clearance).
The project examined a number of alternative early site clearance scenarios. These were compared with predicted socio-economic impacts in the baseline case, i.e. with the existing strategy of deferred final site clearance after a period of care and maintenance. The main focus was on the comparative employment and expenditure impacts of decommissioning under the various scenarios, but implications for other socio-economic impacts (e.g. population, housing market) were also briefly considered.
Key findings from the study include:
- Local employment and expenditure benefits arising from site clearance are likely to be somewhat smaller than in the baseline case.
- The long-term loss of permanent employment at the Magnox stations still occurs, and will be broadly similar in magnitude to that with deferred site clearance. However, the timing of the main period of employment loss is delayed by roughly a further 10-11 years. The same conclusion applies to knock-on effects on local population levels, demand for housing and local services.
- A longer period will be available after station closure for the management of employment reduction and for the implementation of strategies to diversify local economic and employment structure prior to and in response to these changes. This is likely to be particularly significant at those Magnox sites located in local economies currently experiencing relatively high levels of unemployment and/or with a high existing dependence on power station-related employment.
- Nuclear delicensing of the Magnox sites will be brought forward by about 80 years, allowing much earlier re-use for alternative employment-generating uses.
- There are no cases in which the magnitude of predicted impacts will be higher than in the baseline case as a result of early site clearance.
- Magnox Early Site Clearance Socio-Economic Impacts: Final Report, March 2007 (confidential report to Magnox Electric Limited) This project examined the comparative implications for the socio-economic impacts of Magnox power station decommissioning under two alternative site clearances.