Wylfa reactor closure

Wylfa's Reactor Two has been shut down a week ahead of schedule. It comes as a funding package has been announced to retrain former workers at the Trawsfynydd and Wylfa nuclear sites.

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Hopes for a Wylfa B - "We have the skills on Anglesey"

Gwilym O Jones is a Senior Production Technician at Wylfa power station and chairman of Anglesey County Council.

He has worked at the site since its opening in 1967, and says that the highly trained workforce that has been built up is keen for a replacement power station after the current one closes in 2014.

"We have the required skills" he says. "We've trained local lads, from Anglesey, from the Gwynedd and the surrounding area"

"They are trained and they are ready to do the work."

Early shutdown for Wylfa reactor

One of the two reactors at the Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey has been shut down for good, it has been announced

Reactor 2 was deactivated last night following what owner Magnox Ltd described as 'an issue with the conventional [non-nuclear] plant'.

It had intended to shut the reactor on the 30th April, and decided to bring forward the closure as a result. The remaining reactor at the site will be kept in operation until 2014.

Today was a significant milestone in Wylfa’s history. Although it is the end of anera, we must now focus our efforts on safe generation with Reactor 1

– Stuart Law, Wylfa Site Director


Funding to help workers at nuclear plants

The nuclear reactor at the Wylfa plant will shut down in 2014 Credit: ITV News Wales

£4 million is being spent on helping nuclear energy workers in North West Wales back into work.

The funding aims to help 1,200 staff at the Wylfa and Trawsfynydd sites prepare for future careers.

Wylfa, on Anglesey, is due to stop generating electricity in 2014. Trawsfynydd has already closed, and is in the process of being decommissione d.

The funding comes from the European Social Fund, the Welsh Government, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and local councils. Workers will be given career advice, mentoring, training and job-search help.

Hopes for a new power station at 'Wylfa B' were set back last month when two leading power companies withdrew their plans for the site.

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