Land released for re-use at Magnox sites

A significant part of the land at both the Oldbury and Berkeley nuclear power plant sites in the UK can now be used for other purposes following the decision by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to release the land for new development.

Lord Marland of Odstock, parliamentary under-secretary of state for energy and climate change, signed the orders revoking the nuclear designation of 46 hectares of land at the sites, allowing that land to be either sold or leased out. Each plot of land had already been released from the conditions of its nuclear licence.

Half of the original Oldbury site has now been released. In June 2011, following extensive grounds and building testing carried out by Magnox, 35 hectares of the site were delicensed by the UK Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the land declared to be in a condition fit for any kind of re-use because it contains no radiation hazard. This land includes a popular nature trail and a historic visitor centre.

Part of this delicensed land will be used by Horizon Nuclear Power – the RWE and EOn joint venture – which plans to build a new nuclear power plant at the site. Earlier this week, Horizon announced that it had completed the purchase of land at Oldbury. The 36 hectares remaining under license contain the site’s operational plant, including the two 217 MWe Magnox reactors and essential plant infrastructure.

Courtesy of WNN