EDF Energy Buys Land Next to Wylfa

by James Rogers

French power generator EDF Energy has bought land next to Wylfa Power Station on Anglesey, according to the company.

EDF has also purchased land adjacent to British Energy owned Hinckley Point in North Somerset.

These moves give a very strong indication of the energy company's determination to play a major role in developing, funding and operating the new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain.

While Wylfa is owned by the government body, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Hinckley Point is part of the British Energy fleet of nuclear reactors. The Government has a 35% stake in British Energy.

Wylfa B, as the potential new nuclear plant is called, could transform the fortunes of the Anglesey economy, which is vulnerable to job losses both from the closure of the present Wylfa plant and the nearby Rio Tinto Anglesey Aluminium smelter at Holyhead.

So this land purchase near Cemaes is very positive and local people will hope that momentum from this will carry through to a more concrete announcement for the island going forward.

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