New mini-nuclear power plant could be developed in Wales
Published: 15 Dec 2015
A former nuclear power station site in North Wales could become the location for the development of a new generation of mini-nuclear plants.
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are reactors with an electricity output less than 300MW, manufactured in a factory and shipped to the point of use.
They are expected to provide greater flexibility than previous or current reactors, with lower capital investment, shorter assembly time and a wider choice of possible locations.
The Snowdonia Enterprise Zone Advisory Board is exploring the potential for the Trawsfynydd site to be considered as a future base for the development of SMRs.
An independent report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) undertaken in September 2014 identified Trawsfynydd - where the Magnox nuclear power plant has been decommissioned - as a candidate site to host any future UK SMR deployment.