29 Feb '12, 10am

Oldbury Power Station shuts down after four decades of safe generation,

Oldbury Power Station shuts down after four decades of safe generation,

The world’s oldest operating nuclear power station, Oldbury near Bristol, finally stopped producing electricity today, after 44 years of safe generation. Since it opened in 1967, Oldbury’s twin reactors have generated 137.5 TWh of electricity: enough to power one million home for over 20 years. The closure marks the start of a new phase in the site’s life as preparations get under way to start the decommissioning process, which will, over the decades to come, include removal of the spent fuel, management of the waste and eventual demolition of the buildings. Reactor One’s shut-down today follows the closure last June of Reactor Two. Originally scheduled to stop generating in 2008, the site’s owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), took the decision to extend Oldbury’s operating life following reviews with the regulators. The site is operated by Magnox Ltd, whic...

Full article: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/oldbury/oldbur...

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