Nuclear power plant in UK shuts down

Magnox’s two-unit, 434 MW Oldbury power station, considered to be the world’s oldest operating nuclear power station, ceased generation at 11 a.m. on Feb. 29, 2012.

After 44 years of safe operation, the site has generated over 137.5 TWh of electricity.

In November 2011, the decision to shut down Unit One was taken after consideration by operators Magnox, EnergySolutions - the owners of Magnox Ltd, and the site owners the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The decision was made on the grounds that further operation was no longer economically viable.

Originally, Oldbury was due to shutdown in 2008. Since the scheduled closure date, the plant has generated an additional 7.4TWhrs of electricity.

EnergySolutions are proud to have been part of that journey – including the site’s recent life extensions – and we look forward to working with all at Magnox in the coming years as the focus shifts to safe defueling, decommissioning, and clean-up,” said Richard Waite, president, UK and Europe, EnergySolutions.

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