Printer Friendly

Dream that ran out of energy; DOUNREAY: THE ATOMIC DREAM FRIDAY, BBC2, 10pm.

IT WAS hailed as a bright new dawn for a sleepy Scottish village - now it's a costly Marie Celeste.

Fifty years ago a project began in the North of Scotland that was to push back the frontiers of science.

The men behind it were driven by a dream - to generate limitless energy.

The Dounreay Fast Reactor was the most-advanced nuclear reactor in the world. Suddenly, the quiet fishing and farming county of Caithness was at the forefront of atomic research. And the population almost trebled overnight as a flood of engineers and scientists arrived.

The technology proved a success. But the atom plant has been plagued with problems.

Today, the dream has turned sour. Dounreay has ceased operation and is being dismantled. The clean-up operation will take over 30 years at a cost of nearly pounds 3billion.

This is the story of the rise and fall of a daring experiment into atomic energy.
COPYRIGHT 2006 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2006 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 25, 2006
Words:153
Previous Article:Dara is having Last Laugh now; Quick-witted Irishman has risen up the comedy ranks thanks to tour success and hit TV shows.
Next Article:SOAP WEEK; PLOT THE NEXT SIX DAYS.
Topics:


Related Articles
Dounreay uranium on BA passenger flight.
Families invited to visit `fun' Dounreay.
N-PLANT SLOW TO REACT.
Nuclear plant chiefs face court action over safety.
NUKE LEAK SCRAMBLE.
The Week Ahead.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters