Understanding the potential
A new nuclear power station at Oldbury could generate a minimum of 2,700MW of low carbon electricity, substantially more than the existing station. To achieve this it would require new cooling towers to cool the steam that is used to generate electricity.
Based on our initial studies, circular ‘hybrid’ cooling towers would be the preferred option for the site given the research findings and the importance of this decision for the local community. These smaller cooling towers are more in keeping with the height of the former Magnox power station adjacent to the site.
You can find out more about the site, the technology involved and the possible designs for the power station on our Oldbury FAQs page.
Major project milestones
There are several key stages in the planning process before any construction can take place. To build a new nuclear power station a Development Consent Order (DCO) application must be submitted to The Planning Inspectorate. This process involves a significant period of consultation and can take several years to complete.
A fundamental principle for our developments is that the Oldbury programme should learn from our lead site Wylfa Newydd. Wylfa Newydd is now approaching significant milestones and these will help us to shape a clearer, time efficient and cost effective programme for a potential new plant at Oldbury. With the first of two reactors at Wylfa Newydd due to begin operating in the mid 2020s, it’s unlikely that construction would start at Oldbury until the late 2020s at the earliest.
As our development work continues, we’ll be making decisions on the timescales, the number of generating units and the arrangement of the Oldbury site. Some additional land may be required close to the site and further afield for temporary construction facilities, permanent landscaping and biodiversity improvements. As these plans are developed we will ensure the local community is kept informed.
Since 2009 we’ve produced newsletters for communities close to Oldbury to keep residents up to date with our plans. To view our latest newsletter, click here.