Oldbury nuclear power station

Oldbury nuclear power station is a nuclear power station located on the south bank of the River Severn close to the village of Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire, England. It is operated by Magnox North Limited, on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Opened in 1967, it had two Magnox reactors producing 424 megawatts (MWe) in total.

The design net power output of the station was 600 MWe, but due to steel corrosion problems from the hot carbon dioxide coolant within the reactor, operating temperature had to be reduced soon after operation started causing a large drop in power output.

The power station was due to cease operation in 2008, with decommissioning due to begin in 2009. An announcement on 18 December 2008 by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority stated that the station will continue to operate for another two years.

The Nuclear Directorate has allowed one reactor at the station to operate until June 2011. The operators applyied for the same extension for the other reactor. On 29 February 2012, the last of the Oldbury Magnox reactors was finally shut down.

On 9 February 2011 the Nuclear directorate allowed Rector 2 to continue operating until 30 June 2011.

Map Point: 

Letter about nuclear subsidies and Energy Bill

Delivered to Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; David Cameron, Prime Minister; and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister:


Kick Nuclear

UK anti-nuclear groups slam Hitachi acquisition of Horizon, call for boycott

UK anti-nuclear groups slam Hitachi acquisition of Horizon, call for boycott


Joint media release from Kick Nuclear and Japanese Against Nuclear (UK)


October 31, 2012 – for immediate release

New energy secretary’s appointment underlines unhealthy relationship between government and nuclear sector

Anti-nuclear campaigners have slammed the decision to appoint Ed Davey as the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary as further evidence of the unhealthily close relationship between the government and the nuclear energy sector.

Campaign group, Kick Nuclear, has learned that Davey’s brother, Henry, is a partner at Herbert Smith, a law firm that has a long-standing relationship with the nuclear giant EDF Energy. Herbert Smith’s website declares that it is, ‘proud to be at the vanguard of next generation nuclear in the UK’.

No more Fukushimas - 10-11 March 2012: Surround Hinkley Point

The biggest industrial disaster in history.

Japan, has been brought to its knees by the ongoing events at Fukushima.

The reactors that went into meltdown in March have now melted through the foundations and 40 years of accumulated nuclear waste is emitting vast amounts of radiation, contaminating the land, sea and air. In desperation, the Japanese government is transporting and burning radioactive rubble all over Japan and exporting highly contaminated food as “aid” to developing countries.

Bridgwater marchers call for an end to nuclear power

Photographs of the anti-nuclear march and rally against EDF Energy's plan to build two new mega-reactors at Hinkley Point power station can be found at: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/photos. This link will also provide photos of the Stop New Nuclear camp and images of the blockade from Monday afternoon.

More than 150 people marched through Bridgwater today to protest against EDF Energy’s plan for two new mega-reactors at Somerset’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station.

Legal challenge of government justification for new nuclear / video

Rory Walker of the Heysham Anti Nuclear Alliance talks about the legal challenge to the government's justification for new nuclear.

EDF protest in Bridgwater

12 April 2011 - Campaigners from South West Against Nuclear were in Bridgwater town centre this lunchtime as part of a series of national events called for by the Stop Nuclear Power Network in response to the events unfolding in Japan. Sir Vile & his Personal Assistant Miss Information were recruiting unwitting victims on behalf of EDF for their great green rip off – new nuclear build. (1)