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Life extension for Wylfa nuclear reactor

Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey in North Wales has today been given the go-ahead to extend electricity generation from one its two reactors until 2014, four years beyond its original closure date.

Regulator the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has given approval to site operator Magnox to allow fuel transfer between its reactors allowing for continued electricity production.

Wylfa’s two reactors had originally planned to be shut down in December 2010, but Magnox decided to extend the life of both reactors. One reactor was shut down in April because of limited fuel stocks, following the final shipment of Magnox fuel – which is no longer manufactured – to the site in 2011, with the other generating electricity until September 2014.

The additional income from Wylfa and Oldbury in Gloucestershire, which closed in February after generating electricity for four years longer than originally scheduled, is estimated to be worth around £600M.

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