The arrival of a very large vessel into a North Wales harbour will cause disruption for boat owners at one of the busiest times of the year. The pontoons and moorings at Porthmadog will have to be removed or lowered when a large vessel – believed to be coming from Croatia – arrives on a high tide in April. It is bringing in a transformer for the National Grid installation at the nuclear power station at Trawsfynydd, which is currently being decommissioned. The arrival of the new transformer at Trawsfynydd is not believed to be connected with proposals to establish a small nuclear power station on the site.
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Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has said that the first of its planned small nuclear reactors could be built at a site near Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Speaking to the BBC today, Rolls-Royce chief technology officer Paul Stein said there was a “high probability” that Trawsfynydd would be the site of the first such reactor, which would be assembled from pre-manufactured components. The site was previously home to a nuclear reactor, closed in 1991, and has an existing local nuclear supply chain. Stein said: “Trawsfynydd is a great first site for the [reactor]. Right now the jury’s out – there are a number of great sites around the country – but two of the three sites [under consideration] are in Wales.” He added: “With so-called brownfield sites, where there has been a nuclear reactor, we know the local population is happy, there is a skilled local population that used to run the plant, there’s a grid connection and the seismic condition of the site [is suitable].” Wylfa in Anglesey has previously been identified by Rolls-Royce as another potential site for SMRs. However, in a statement, Horizon Nuclear, the Hitachi subsidiary still hoping to build two new reactors on the site, said there were “no plans” to deploy a miniature nuclear reactor at Wylfa Newydd. Speaking to CN last month, Mott MacDonald nuclear global practice leader Mark Liddiard said that Moorside, where Toshiba cancelled a planned nuclear build last year, would be a suitable site for SMRs.
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