LONDON (Reuters) - The 220-megawatt Oldbury 1 nuclear power reactor can produce electricity into 2012 following an extension to its operational licence granted by regulators, operator Magnox said on Wednesday.
The facility, owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), was scheduled to close at the end of 2008 but has had its operating life extended twice, Magnox said.
“That means it (Oldbury 1) could generate electricity until the end of 2012, using up all the available fuel produced for the site,” it said.
Income generated over the extension period would be used to support the NDA’s clean-up mission for decommissioned facilities, said Brian Burnett, the NDA’s Head of Programme.
Reactor 2, which also has a capacity of 220 MW, is due to cease power generation on June 30.
Oldbury, one of only two remaining Magnox reactor sites still operating in the UK and has been producing electricity since 1967.
Magnox is owned by U.S. nuclear service company Energy Solutions.
The company also owns two nuclear reactors, feeding into four 310-MW turbines, at Wylfa on Anglesey which are due to shut in 2012.
Nuclear power consortium Horizon, a grouping of German energy rivals EON and RWE, bought the sites at Oldbury and Wylfa to construct new nuclear plants.
Editing by Jason Neely