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Oldbury nuclear plant proposals unveiled

Oldbury power station
The proposed plant would use estuary water as a coolant

Up to 5,000 jobs could be created in South Gloucestershire under proposals announced for a new nuclear power plant at Oldbury-on-Severn.

Horizon Nuclear Power - a conglomerate formed by E.On and RWE - hopes to start work at the site, next to the existing reactor, by 2019.

But formal plans for the plant will not be submitted until work at the firm's new plant on Anglesey starts.

Local campaigners say Oldbury is an unsuitable location.

Protest group Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energry (Sane) say they are concerned that the power plant would be situated on a flood plain and the use of water from the Severn as a coolant for the reactor could be environmentally hazardous.

Site auctioned

Horizon hopes to start work on their Anglesey plant at Wylfa by 2012, subject to planning permission.

Oldbury's existing reactor is scheduled to close next year, and the area was included in a government "auction" of likely sites for new nuclear installations last year.

Reg Illingworth, from Sane, said: "It feels like, having been diagnosed with cancer, we have been given four years to live instead of two."

Horizon said the plants at Wylfa and Oldbury will supply enough energy to power a city the size of London.

The firm said it was working on flood protection solutions, cooling systems and transport options.

When the plant was fully built in 2025, there would be 800 full-time posts in Oldbury, it added.

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