Why are Nuclear Power Stations built in remote areas?

by Will
(Anglesey - Ynys Mon)

Remote Anglesey

Remote Anglesey

Nuclear Power I am assured is safe. There have been very few accidents involving nuclear power, however, no one seems to be able to categorically say that it is safe.

It is as safe as can be and there are many safeguards I am told. So why are UK Nuclear Power Stations in Anglesey, Cumbria and the East coast - well away from the main centres of demand.

I am told that the method to be used to transfer power to the main centres of demand will be by large pylons ( much larger than the existing ones!) and it is too expensive to bury the cables underground.

The answer seems to be simple and traightforward. As Nuclear Power is safe, then build the power stations nearer the main centres of demand and save the obvious excessive costs of getting the power from the power station.

Kent would seem an obvious location for a southern nuclear power station and somewhere in East Cheshire for the north.

Cooling water required - no problem, the Thames in the South and the Mersey in the North. Problem solved!

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Jun 24, 2012
Not against Nuclear Power
by: Will

Kath,
I am not against having "quality" or any other jobs for the unemployed. Nor am I against Nuclear Power, I am just trying to help the Generating Company save a bit on their costs. They say it is too expensive to bury cables to get the electricity to the main areas of demand so I am suggesting they construct the power stations nearer to those areas ( and I agree the sooner the better). As far as the political parties are concerned, I am sure they are all very happy for nuclear power stations to be built as far away as possible from the bulk of their voters, after all the 55,000 or so voters of Anglesey is pretty small compared to the numbers in the main centres of population; so I dont think they are too bothered about us. They have the added bonus of saying that they are bringing "jobs to the area" which you can't really argue against, can you? ( I also have this sneaking suspicion that none of our political leaders or their ministers live anywhere near our nuclear power stations although I'm sure that's irrelevant)

Jun 23, 2012
jobs
by: Kath

so you welcome the jobs to the island. glad to hear it, cos we need top jobs on Angelsey. stop your obsession with "remote".

guess you are in the candle-making business Will, we're gonna need plenty if we dont get move on with new power stations. soon lights "Will" go off (LOl, sorry no pun intended :))) )

Jun 22, 2012
Why are Nuclear Power Stations built in remote areas.
by: Will

Roy,
I agree completely that building a power station or any large building project brings jobs and finance to an area, and Ynys Mon is no different to many areas, both urban and rural, who would benefit financially from such projects. But why particularly must nuclear power stations be built in remote areas?

Jun 21, 2012
Sources of Cooling Water
by: Will

I dont think Wylfa or Sellafield have a monopoly of "cooling water". The UK is surrounded by water and inland there are also major rivers that rarely dry up. In my limited experience ( through dipping toes on the beach) I've only found cold water in the sea around the UK whether it be the Irish sea, the English channel or the North Sea.

Jun 21, 2012
economic growth
by: Roy

well, there's also a big boost to economy when you build nuclear stations in places like Anglesey, Cumbria and Somerset.

Read that Plaid dont want nuclear in Wales; against jobs for locals then.

Jun 20, 2012
To easy.
by: Anonymous

Will.
Your conclusions are to simple for the common sence-less boffs to comprehend .

Jun 20, 2012
To easy.
by: Anonymous

Will.
Your conclusions are to simple for the common sence-less boffs to comprehend .

Jun 16, 2012
Cooling Water
by: Will

Not sure whether that's the reason. Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol, Portsmouth, Southampton and London or all on coast or near "the sea" and major rivers also close by so plenty of water for cooling. All main areas of demand but no nuclear power stations.

Jun 16, 2012
nuclear needs cool water
by: Gordon

Will, Wylfa gerts access to cool water from the Irish Sea at Wylfa Head, that's why.

same with Sellafield, with cool Irish Sea, and the other nuclear plants in Britain.

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