Decommissioning of Wales’ first nuclear power station Trawsfynydd has passed the halfway point.
The 1960s-built plant is aiming to reach its care and maintenance phase by 2016. At this point radiation levels will slowly and sufficiently decay naturally to enable the two reactors and remaining building structures to be decommissioned from 2074.
A plan to accelerate the care and maintenance phase was announced in 2010, signalling the start of removal of plant and buildings, treatment of nuclear waste, reactor buildings’ maintenance and installation of new infrastructure to accommodate increasing worker numbers.
“We have built real momentum here at Trawsfynydd,” said site director Dave Wilson. “Key to this success is our framework contractor, ACTUS, and an effective local supply chain.”