Oldbury 1 starts fuel removal

18 March 2013

The reactor shut down in February 2012, after 44 years of operation.

Defuelling, which involves removing over 25,000 fuel elements, is expected to remove over 99% of the radioactivity from the site, Magnox said.

One removed, spent fuel elements will be stored in onsite cooling ponds, before being sent by rail for reprocessing at Sellafield.

Reactor 2 at Oldbury started defueling in 2012, and work is now 16% completed, according to Magnox Ltd.

Photo: the fueling machine

Oldbury defueling machine

 



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