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Bill Dawes25/05/2021 22:16:59
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I live about 20 miles from the Hinckley C nuclear power station being constructed.

Can see Big Carl (a crane) from our house.

Went into Bridgwater last week, first time in over a year and was amazed at the development going on there.

Moral of the story for old struggling industrial towns, build a nuclear power station.!!!

Bill D.

J Hancock26/05/2021 10:05:05
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So far behind schedule I hear they are employing 1700 'extra' people to speed things up.

1700 x £50,000 = £85,000,000/p.a.

And we need at least another six like this to replace those to be taken out of service soon.

John Hinkley26/05/2021 10:15:49
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Posted by Bill Dawes on 25/05/2021 22:16:59:

I live about 20 miles from the Hinckley C nuclear power station being constructed.

Bill D.

Then you should be aware that it's HINKLEY C.

Hinkley J !

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Ady126/05/2021 10:20:55
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Still cleaning up Windscale atm

Has cost well over 100 billion bananas so far lol, we could have put wind power round the entire country for the cost of a single site cleanup

and 1950s nucular was going to be so cheap we could get all our electricity for free.... said the experts

J Hancock26/05/2021 11:32:31
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BUT BD got Bridgwater right , not many know that.

Bill Dawes26/05/2021 23:07:59
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Quite right John, Hinkley. Slip of the finger, my excuse is that I'm a Brummie so more familiar with the Hinckley of Leicestershire fame.

Yes did learn early on in my Somerset sojourn that Bridgwater does not have an 'e' after the 'g'.

(A sojourn that has lasted 26 years so far!)

Bill D.

J Hancock27/05/2021 08:12:23
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Ah, long gone happy days , all the sons learned to swim at Street and I learned how to eat meatless streaky bacon and tinned tomatoes every morning in a TNPG Nissen hut.

Bill Dawes03/06/2021 10:46:34
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Just set catch up TV for a program I missed last night. BBC2 documentary on the building of Hinkley C.

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br03/06/2021 11:10:19
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Bridgwater certainly smells refreshingly different these days .

I see the old site of the famous smell was demolished and a new build of temporary accommodation for 1,000 workers involved in the construction of Hinkley C.

bill

Edited By br on 03/06/2021 11:10:39

J Hancock03/06/2021 12:52:54
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Remember it well , we used to tell the relatives we were living in Cabbagewater , they only came once and understood why the name !

br03/06/2021 13:16:38
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Posted by J Hancock on 03/06/2021 12:52:54:

Remember it well , we used to tell the relatives we were living in Cabbagewater , they only came once and understood why the name !

I recall Smellyphane being used by locals probably on account of the rotten egg smell ?

Dreary day with a low cloud base did not help.

bill

Steve Skelton 104/06/2021 11:11:54
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I am very grateful to BCL (British Cellophane Ltd) or smellyphane which used to be part of Courtaulds - they had a brilliant personnel development programme and paid me to go to university. Miss the old place.

br04/06/2021 13:47:29
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Posted by Steve Skelton 1 on 04/06/2021 11:11:54:

I am very grateful to BCL (British Cellophane Ltd) or smellyphane which used to be part of Courtaulds - they had a brilliant personnel development programme and paid me to go to university. Miss the old place.

 

Interesting post Steve as they sent me to UNI as well in the late 1970's.

The old steam loco, an .0-4-0 was on display by the security hut on main gate at the time.as BCL had its own siding into the factory frpm the main line as you may well recall.

My most welcome Akzo Nobel pension still arrives monthly.

bill

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Neil Wyatt04/06/2021 14:01:13
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Posted by Bill Dawes on 25/05/2021 22:16:59:

Can see Big Carl (a crane) from our house.

So can I, and I'm in Wales!

Neil

Neil Wyatt04/06/2021 14:03:38
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Posted by J Hancock on 03/06/2021 12:52:54:

Remember it well , we used to tell the relatives we were living in Cabbagewater , they only came once and understood why the name !

I note that Port Talbot still smells sulphurous, but not as bad as it used to be.

There are now living trees on the hills north of the motorway, when I was a boy they were covered in dead trees.

Neil

Steve Skelton 104/06/2021 14:42:53
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Bill, I worked in R&D (later to become Development and Technical) from 76 through to 86 with a sojourn to Southampton Uni from 79-82. I have very fond memories of working there. Yes, I remember the railway line which I think brought in caustic and acid for the cellophane process although I think the oil for the power station came in by pipeline from Dunball??

I transferred my pension when I moved on to Grand Metropolitan in 1986 but am now getting the benefit since reaching 65 in Jan.

Steve

br04/06/2021 15:48:56
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Steve

We were there at the same time . Had a pal called Roland Law - I think he was in R & D but may be wrong

Arrived at 79 today, so memory not as good as it used to be.

Caustic soda and acid and oil as you say is how I remember it .

Found the process at BFF on the same site interesting

Thanks for bringing back happy memories

bill

J Hancock08/06/2021 10:48:55
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Time to buy a portable generator ?

News today EDF closing Dungeness B , now, seven years before planned.

But, Hinkley C will be up and running in 2026 .

Bets anyone ?

Juddy08/06/2021 11:14:01
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Very interesting site here: https://grid.iamkate.com/

National Grid live status

J Hancock08/06/2021 15:17:47
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Just a little background, as I remember ,when they came to fit the boilers into Dungeness B they were too big !

A slight embarrassment , final costs were about £110m ,as against £70m estimate.

A similar size today , Hinkley C is £23 billion ( a pig has flown by my window ).

We have just lost 1GW of reliable 'green' energy from the Grid, an awful lot of wind turbines.

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