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Oldbury decommissioning skips forward

The first fuel skip has been retrieved from Oldbury Site’s cooling pond since decommissioning work began earlier this year.

The redundant fuel skips were once used for storing fuel rods after they had been inside the reactor. The successful removal of the first skip from the site’s cooling pond marks the start of a campaign to clear all of the remaining items from the pond before it can be drained and decontaminated.

Mike Heaton, Oldbury Site Closure Director, said: “We have been decommissioning the Oldbury Site pond complex for a relatively short period of time, so to be removing skips already is quite an achievement.

“In the coming months we hope to remove around 60 tonnes of waste from the pond. By taking away some of these bulkier items first we will be able to continue with more decontamination work.”

Following removal from the pond, the skips will be assessed for their radioactivity prior to final disposal.