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New Welsh nuclear power plant now looks likely

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 7:19 am    Post subject: New Welsh nuclear power plant now looks likely Reply with quote

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icWales.co.uk - 10/05/08

A NEW Welsh nuclear power station appears to have moved a step closer after an energy company bought land around an existing reactor.

French firm EDF Energy is understood to have bought farmland around Wylfa, on Anglesey, in anticipation of the Government sanctioning a new station on the island.

And the Department for Business and Enterprise said yesterday they have always maintained it is likely new stations would be constructed near existing ones.

EDF, Europe?s biggest energy company, is also said to have bought land at Hinckley Point across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff, with the intention of building a new plant there.

One nuclear industry insider, who did not wish to be named, said if EDF is buying land near Wylfa this is a clear signal the plant is among the most likely locations for a new station.

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Stumuz, it looks like you'll soon be coming home to a warm glow. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be worried about the leeks of radiation.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mean Mr Mustard wrote:
I'd be worried about the leeks of radiation.
Laughing

We'll keep a welcome in the hillside
We'll keep a welcome in the Vale
This land you knew will still be glowing
When you come home again to Wales



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know what is happening with the aluminium plant on Anglesey. So far they have operated by taking some 25% of the output from the Wylfa nuke plant - part of the rationale for them being co-located.

They have published proposals to install a 299MW biomass plant to replace the electric from Wylfa when it closes - scheduled for the end of this year. I wonder if this will still go ahead if there is a replacement nuke plant on the cards and if the existing plant will still close this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even if the nuke does get built the aluminium plant would have to manage for 10 years without it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aluminium plant is effectively closed and no longer making aluminium. The plant; jointly owned By Kaiser aluminium and Rio Tinto, has not made much money from smelting for the past 10 years.
The reason it was kept open and viable as a smelting plant was due to the fact that it part funded the construction of the Wylfa nuke plant and consequently purchased its electricity for next to nothing.

The smelting plant was a huge user of electricity; approx 12% of all electricity generated in Wales went to the plant. It would cut the electricity to the plant for up to 30 mins a few times a day and divert the electricity into the grid. Therefore receiving the millions of kwh for next to nothing and selling back to the grid at the going rate for electricity producers.
So most of the profits it made, was from selling electricity not producing aluminium.

At the moment it is being operated with a tiny amount of staff producing remelt; existing aluminum being reshaped. One of the reasons for keeping a small business going is the land covenant. When the plant is no longer used it must be returned to green fields. This will cost a lot so producing a bit of remelt puts off the day of reckoning.
There is a planning application for a biomass plant but this was never going to be used to make aluminum, contrary to popular local belief and Rio Tinto claims. The biomass plant (if it gets built, there are three other applications for biomass plants on the island at the mo’) is going to sell the electricity and bag the subsidies, which is being objected to by other biomass users.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business-in-wales/business-news/2010/10/29/welsh-plant-plans-protest-shut-down-91466-27562765/

There is also a prison being mooted for the site.
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