Wales advances its plans for small nuclear plants. Cardiff government set to appoint leading executive to pursue Trawsfynydd project. The Cardiff administration has hired Mike Tynan, a former UK operations manager for the U.S. nuclear engineering group Westinghouse, as a new public development company responsible for leveraging the “economic benefits” of small reactors in Trawsfynydd, northern Wales. Rolls-Royce is at the forefront of a consortium competing to become the first developer to obtain UK regulatory approval. Last year, Trawsfynydd said it was “quite likely” to accommodate the first reactor in the UK. Tynan, a former chairman of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, which provides independent advice to the UK Minister, has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of Cwmni Egino, placing the new company on a “solid foundation.”
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Trawsfynydd could home a nuclear reactor again after the Welsh Government appointed a CEO for its nuclear company with the aim of exploring the possibility. Mike Tynan, former head of UK operations at US nuclear engineering group Westinghouse, has been recruited to head up Cwmni Egino with the aim of resurrecting the Trawsfynydd site. Trawsnfynydd is already the site of the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power station that ran between 1965 and 1991. According to the Financial Times, Mike Tynan and Cwmni Egino will explore the economic benefits of siting a small-scale reactor at Trawsfynydd. The Welsh Government and UK Government consider the small-scale reactors an important technology to meet net-zero targets by 2050. Rolls-Royce, which has designed a small modular reactor and is waiting for UK regulatory approval, has previously said that there was a “pretty high probability” Trawsfynydd could house the first by the early 2030s.
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