New mini-nuclear power plant could be developed in Wales

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.

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