The UK gets about a fifth of its electricity from nuclear generation, but it is from ageing plants and reactors approaching retirement. Wales’ two nuclear plants have already finished generating electricity – Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd back in 1991 followed by Wylfa on Anglesey in 2015, the last – and longest running – Magnox fuel nuclear plant. After almost four years, the very last of those used radioactive Magnox fuel cells were removed from the site in September. In January this year, a £16bn plan to build a second nuclear power plant at Wylfa was mothballed. After years of planning, land purchases and design hurdles, the Japanese energy giant Hitachi pulled the plug on the project, leaving the company it owned – Horizon Nuclear Power – to sack its 1,000-strong workforce, costing Horizon £1.7bn in pre-tax losses. But the plans are not entirely dead – rather in a state of suspended animation – and the planning process to approve the technology for the new Anglesey plant continues. The UK government – whoever is elected after the general election – is legally committed to giving a decision on the Development Consent Order next year.
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