October 1956. Calder Hall Nuclear Station
Calder Hall Power Station
The opening of Calder Hall power station by Her Majesty the Queen on October 17th will mark an epoch in the history of power development. For Calder Hall is the first power station in the world to generate electricity on an industrial scale from nuclear energy.
Moreover, Calder Hall is the forerunner of a group of nuclear power stations which will constitute the first stage in Great Britain’s 10-year programme for the construction of 12 nuclear power stations by 1965.
The first group of these stations will be advanced versions of the Calder Hall design, based on the gas-cooled, graphite-moderated natural uranium reactor. They will, however, have the benefit of current technical improvements, including up-rating of the reactors.