Oldbury - About Our Site

Land at Shepperdine, near Oldbury in South Gloucestershire, provides an excellent site for a potential new nuclear plant. Located on the banks of the Severn Estuary, it boasts a strong history of nuclear power generation, an experienced local skills base and good connection into the electricity transmission network.

The 420 acres (170 hectares) of land next to a former nuclear power station at Oldbury is included on the Government's list of sites that have been deemed potentially suitable for new nuclear development.
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 study, 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.

Next steps
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.
As our development work continues, we will 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.
More information about Wylfa Newydd can be found here.

Discover more
Since 2009 we have produced newsletters for communities close to Oldbury that are delivered at least twice a year to keep residents up-to-date with our plans. To view information from these events and copies of our newsletters click here.

You can also find out more about our Oldbury site via our News and FAQs page.
A new nuclear power station at Oldbury could generate a minimum of 2,700MW of low carbon electricity.
Nuclear is the only proven technology capable of delivering large capacities of low carbon energy whatever the weather.