Decommissioning milestone at Oldbury nuclear site

The Oldbury nuclear site in Gloucestershire has reached a milestone in its decommissioning process. A total of 109 low level waste skips, the containers used to hold fuel elements once they were removed from the reactor, have now been taken out, processed and packaged for storage. Work at the site will now focus on removing […]

British Gas proposes axing nearly 700 office jobs

British Gas has revealed proposals to cut 684 jobs in the UK. Under the plan, which is subject to consultation, office-based roles would be reduced and its Oldbury office would be closed. The Big Six supplier said it is “part of the company’s plans to consolidate its operations on fewer sites”. It will discuss the […]

Final flask of fuel leaves Oldbury nuclear site

Last fuel has been dispatched from a nuclear site for reprocessing at Sellafield in Cumbria. That completes the defuelling and removal of 99% of the radioactive hazard from the Oldbury site, operator Magnox said. The nuclear power plant was shut down in February 2012 after 44 years of operation, generating 137.5TWh of electricity. The latest […]

Next step for design of new UK nuclear plants

Nuclear regulators will today begin the second phase of assessment of the design for two new nuclear power plants in the UK. This is step two of four which regulators must go through before approving Hitachi’s design for reactors at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The design is called the UK Advanced […]

npower to cut 1460 British jobs and outsource to India

Energy giant npower has confirmed plans to cut 1,460 jobs as part of a major restructuring of its UK customer service activities. The company, owned by German firm RWE, said a number of its sites in the UK will be closed while some back office functions would be outsourced to India as it aims to […]

Horizon opts for fewer nuclear reactors at Welsh plant

The Hitachi owned company Horizon Nuclear Power has opted to build fewer nuclear reactors at a proposed nuclear plant in Wales. This means capacity will be 1.3GW lower than it might otherwise have been. Hitachi bought the firm from RWE npower and E.ON last year and said at the time it planned to build two […]

Fallon: Horizon nuclear project will boost investment and jobs

The UK Government has hailed the Horizon nuclear power project claiming it would help boost new investment and create thousands of jobs across the country. Energy Minister Michael Fallon is set to meet executives from Hitachi and Horizon today, who are planning to invest £20 billion in new nuclear plants at Wylfa in Anflesey and […]

UK looks into Hitachi reactor design

The Government today asked regulators to assess the design of the reactor for Horizon’s nuclear power plants. The project’s Japanese owners Hitachi said this marks “important progress” in the project to build two to three new plants in the UK. Energy Minister John Hayes has asked the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency […]

Wyfla nuclear plant to work for two more years

The last remaining Magnox nuclear reactor in the UK has been given the go-ahead to operate until 2014 – four years after its original closure date. Magnox, which runs the Wylfa Power Station as well as 10 other nuclear sites and a hydroelectric plant, got permission to transfer fuel between its reactors meaning electricity generation […]

France’s Areva and Chinese firm in Horizon nuclear bid

The chief of French nuclear power group AREVA has given a clear signal it is teaming up with China’s Guangdong Nuclear Power to bid for the Horizon nuclear power project. Luc Oursel, AREVA’s chief executive said over the weekend it will probably team up with Chinese utilities and other industrial actors to make an offer. […]