OLDBURY nuclear site has safely removed and recycled its 475V batteries.

The batteries previously provided back-up to essential equipment in the event there was a loss of site electrical supplies.

However when the station ceased generating, the batteries became redundant.

Mike Heaton Oldbury site director said: “The completion of this project marks another successful step in hazard reduction and decommissioning of the site. Our aim is to reduce risk and cost associated with the Magnox programme through innovative approaches to decommissioning.”

The site has removed 636 battery cells weighing approximately 140 tonnes and containing 37,000 litres of battery acid.

A disposal route was identified which ensured the batteries were disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner, while also recycling the large quantity of lead contained within them.