Campaigners head for Westminster
ANTI-nuclear campaigners were today due to question energy minister Charles Hendry about the future ownership of the company that pulled out of building a new Oldbury B atomic power station.
Members of Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) were set to meet the minister at Westminster after the withdrawal of energy firm Horizon from Britain's nuclear programme.
They will then head for Germany for a conference of shareholders of energy giant Eon, where SANE's Reg Illingworth will suggest Horizon should switch from generating nuclear to tidal power at the site.
Horizon was formed by Eon and another major power firm, RWE, to develop new reactors at Oldbury, near Thornbury, and in North Wales.
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But they recently withdrew from the project and are looking for a buyer to ensure Horizon's assets and the development work already carried out can be taken on.
The move has left the future of 420 acres of land in and around Shepperdine and Oldbury that was bought by Horizon for a new station in doubt.
So far only Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company, has been reported to be interested in Horizon.