Greg Evans Boosts Wylfa B Campaign
by David Phillips
Former Wylfa Power Station site director Greg Evans has pledged to campaign strongly for new nuclear build on Anglesey after stepping down from his post last month.
Although Mr Evans has now taken up a new role with UK power giant Centrica, his home is still on the island, so having his knowledge and experience would be invaluable as the island makes a case for new nuclear build.
As things stand, Anglesey is in the leading pack for new nuclear development sites, after the consortium Wylfa Bow Bidco Limited, formed by a joint venture between German energy firms RWE npower and E.ON, bought land near Wylfa
At the moment the UK Government is overseeing a
Strategic Site Assessment (SSA) of 11 sites including Wylfa
, and the final decision on selected sites should be made in 2010.
Greg Evans believes the chances of Wylfa B going ahead as "very likely" though points out that any planning consultation process "comes with high risk".
He notes that while nothing is absolutely certain, Anglesey has some real positives in its favour, not least the solid community and political support, an asset other locations for nuclear sites would greatly welcome.
As a former nuclear site director Greg Evans is well placed to know what they will be looking for as the
SSA is made. He envisages working closely with the local Site Stakeholders Group (SSG) so that he can contribute to making a "new nuclear site a reality on Anglesey".
Clearly having a new Wylfa B nuclear plant would be major contributor to economic recovery on the island, providing jobs across various skill profiles and boosting the local supply chain.
Residents on the island are all encouraged to take part in the consultation process, wherever they stand on the Wylfa B issue.
Turning to the current Wylfa power station, Mr Evans said the plant made an enormous contribution to the Anglesey economy and that there was a good chance that its operational life could be extended beyond December 2010.
In fact, a business case is now being made for this scenario, when the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will present the evidence to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Potentially we could see the present Wylfa nuclear plant continue until 2013
, though this relies very much on a strong health and safety argument.
Anglesey MP Albert Owen welcomes the involvement of Greg Evans in the campaign for Wylfa B, saying "his experience in the nuclear industry will be invaluable for such a campaign."
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