Wylfa B Jobs and Power to England

by L S Faulkner

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Most new Wylfa B jobs will be for incomers, and the power generated will go to North West England, losing up to 30 per cent of the power generated in the process.

Why isn't it being built closer to where it's needed, rather than out on a limb on Anglesey?

There also appears to be an agenda going on with the media reporting of the support for a new Wylfa being decidedly one-sided.

There are plenty of people who don't want it, but the pro-Wylfa B set seem to get most of the coverage.

Anglesey County Council have dithered and sat on their hands doing nothing for the prospects of job-seekers on Anglesey in the mistaken hope that Wylfa B whould be the answer to all their problems.

If it doesn't come, you can be sure they'll be pointing their fingers at others for the supposed lost employment potential.

The wisdom of siting a nuclear power station on an island must also be questioned. With two bridges linking us to the mainland, what is the plan if something goes wrong?

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Editor's note:

Thanks very much for your contribution.

Actually, there is a real prospect for a significant number of jobs at the new Wylfa B nuclear plant being offered to suitably qualified local people.

A new college specialising in fabrication and engineering skills will open on Anglesey in September, giving local young people a great opportunity to acquire the very skills needed at the new power plant, as well as in other renewable energy projects.

So the future looks very good for local people who take up the opportunity to develop what will be very much in-demand skills with a new Wylfa B.

While there will probably be some niche skill areas for which there may not be locally available people, this should not detract from the preparations well underway locally to equip young people to maximise their chances of securing employment with this mega project for Anglesey and the north west region.

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Sep 02, 2018
Reality Knowledge
by: Anonymous

Points to consider:

1 With Transmission Lines already built Big saving financially and time if Wylfa A already off line
2 Trawsfynydd first Nuke in Wales employed on a permanent basis 90% of staff locally for 25 plus years- Make same rules for Wylfa B - Employ local staff
3 CEGB (Trawsfynydd and Wylfa training excellent) I started there
4 British Nukes excellent safety record but logical to put in low population areas
5 Beware of any Chinese engineering, manufacturing and contracts Disaster areas internationally (Worked on some of their failures!!)
6 Enforce Owner to engage with local education in starting training of local youngsters in anticipation of Wylfa B O & M staffing
7 Remember influx of money into area when construction is ongoing which benefits local business

Feb 27, 2015
by: ranger

Its simple, as building it a bit far from the place it is needed would reduce the threat of any seriousness. And for building such a facility, a proper and suitable land is needed, which was found where they have built it.

Jun 21, 2010
Another reason to look at alternative energy generation...
by: Leigh

An article entitled "Nuclear powers set for Pakistan showdown" from todays BBC News website (21/06/10) highlights another fine reason not to rely on nuclear technology for energy generation...

In a nutshell, China wants to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan, and Washington doesn't like the sound of it, for good reason.

If we rely on electricity from nuclear, why shouldn't everyone? Well, here's one for starters, a quote from the article...

"The country (Pakistan) - like India - has never signed the NPT. It too has a small nuclear arsenal. And, more worryingly, proliferation experts say it has a terrible record of selling nuclear technology and knowhow to third countries."

Don't fancy that much.

The article goes on to say that if this sale goes ahead, Israel could also look for a deal on civil nuclear technology, and the way they have been behaving recently, I can think of better places to have all that fissile material lying around.

It will be interesting to hear the pro-nuclear view on this worrying development.

Jun 14, 2010
Wylfa Jobs, Estyn 2006 Report
by: MPJ

The 2006 Estyn report clearly shows that most jobs at Wylfa went to people outside North Wales so let's drop the rhetoric about jobs for local people.

The 5000 jobs are also temporary construction posts. This will, of course, leave a lot of people "on the dole" when and if the building is completed.

The highly toxic radioactive waste which is to be left on site endangers the livelihood of farmers and people in the tourist industry.

There are better and safer prospects for Anglesey:"Hundreds of jobs are set to be created -- manufacturers want to transform the former Anglesey Aluminium site into a wind turbine factory" (Daily Post, 17th February, 2010).

The wind turbine industry is currently growing at 25% a year. In addition we are well placed and could create jobs in wave and tidal power and in IT.

Finally, your correspondent raised a very interesting question: why are nuclear power stations placed so far away from where the power is used?

Why not a nuclear power station in the middle of Manchester or London? There is only one answer I can think of: lack of safety. It's more politic to damage a small rather than a large population.

Jun 14, 2010
Socio-linguistic impact of Wylfa
by: Eiflfab

If jobs in the nuclear industry go to local people, why did the 2006 ESTYN report on Cemaes school draw attention to the fact that just 4% of the children were from Welsh-speaking families?

Wylfa A had a huge sociological impact on the north of the island and, despite employing some Welsh-speakers, had a serious effect on the community which previously had been over 80% Welsh-speaking

These stark figures hammer home a stark truth of what is ahead and, by the way, I`m sure Wylfa B with its 5000 workforce in the development stage will do wonders for the language and a struggling tourist industry as the site expands to 11 times its existing size.

Yes, 11 times, big enough to take the waste which will be stored there for the next 160 years. It becomes very attractive then.

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