2014 Wylfa Extension Target Still Possible
by John Roberts
Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey could continue to generate electricity up to 2014, according to site manager Greg Evans.
The island power plant was recently included in a shortlist by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) as a potential location for the UK's new nuclear build programme.
Mr Evans told the BBC that Wylfa has enough Magnox fuel to keep going from between 2012 and 2014.
And recently Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a visit to Sellafield highlighted the potential of Wylfa for creating thousands of new construction jobs on Anglesey.
Current plans are for the Anglesey nuclear plant to close in 2010 for defuelling, and in 2012 for site decommissioning to begin.
This statement is of course potentially excellent news for the nearby Anglesey Aluminium smelter at Holyhead, which has a special electricity supply contract with Wylfa, and where 500 jobs are at risk if the plant closes in September.
So there is a possible scenario where Wylfa A could get an extension to 2014, the aluminium smelter at Holyhead gets a competitive electricity contract and a construction of a new nuclear power station begins in the near future.
There would be plant operator and engineering jobs at the existing plant as well as thousands of construction and design jobs for the new reactor.
And there would still be the work required for decommissioning, only that it would start about 4 years later than planned.
Editor: recently the Department of Energy and Climate Change agreed to allow Wylfa to
continue operating until the end of 2010.
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