Oldbury nuclear power station turned off via BBC

Oldbury nuclear power station near Bristol has stopped generating electricity after 45 years.

Both of the station’s reactors were scheduled to be turned off in 2008, but had their operational life extended.

Reactor two was turned off in 2011 and reactor one was finally shut down at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Magnox, which owns the site, said continued operation was not economically viable.

The switch-off was watched through a video link by many of the station’s 500 staff in Oldbury’s canteen.

“It’ll be a sad day but there’s plenty of other things to do,” said station director Phil Sprauge.

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