Significant step reached in power station decommissioning work

October 27 2017

A FURTHER milestone has been reached in the decommissioning of Oldbury nuclear power station.

A FURTHER milestone has been reached in the decommissioning of Oldbury nuclear power station.

A total of 109 low level waste skips have been removed from the former used-fuel cooling ponds at the site.

The containers had been used to hold fuel elements once they had been removed from the station’s reactors.

They have now been safely taken out of the ponds, processed and packaged for storage.

It marks a significant step towards fully decommissioning the cooling ponds, where work will now focus on removing other items and remaining skips, which are currently storing other components, before the end of the year.

This will be followed by draining of the pond water and stabilisation of the surfaces, due to take place in 2018.

Rob Taylor, the ponds campaign manager at Oldbury, said: “The work was completed in challenging conditions but ahead of schedule.”

Picture: A skip being removed from the Oldbury cooling ponds.