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Deal signed for Oldbury nuclear power project

The Japenese company Hitachi has signed a deal to start building a nuclear reactor in Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The controversial scheme had been in doubt when the previous owners pulled out.

But Hitachi says it could create six thousand construction jobs and a further thousand permament positions after that. The reactor could feed electricity into the national grid in about ten years' time. Bob Constantine reports.

Hitachi revives nuclear plans for Oldbury

The world's oldest operating nuclear power station shut down in February 2012 Credit: ITV West

Plans for a new nuclear plant at Oldbury in South Gloucestershire are back on track after the announcement that electronics firm Hitachi is taking over Horizon, the nuclear project behind them.

It will mean 5 to 6 thousand jobs during construction and a thousand permanent posts when the site starts operating early in the 2020s.

The former Oldbury plant reopened in 1967 and was site was decommissioned in February 2012.