New nuclear project for Wales advances

October 12, 2022, 9:30AMNuclear News
The Trawsfynydd site in North Wales. (Photo: Magnox Ltd.)

The United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Cwmni Egino to support the development of a small-scale nuclear project in North Wales.

Sponsored and funded by the U.K. government’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the NDA is responsible for the cleanup and decommissioning of Britain’s closed nuclear sites. Cwmni Egino is a development company established by the Welsh government in 2021 to bring forward potential new projects at the Trawsfynydd site—home to a Magnox station being decommissioned by Magnox Ltd., a subsidiary of the NDA.

The MOU, according to the October 11 announcement, enables the NDA to share information and expertise regarding the characteristics of its land at Trawsfynydd, to align the decommissioning plans and site activities with the new nuclear project, and to support Cwmni Egino with stakeholder engagement and the development of socioeconomic plans.

The signing follows an announcement earlier in the year from BEIS that the NDA would work alongside stakeholders, including Cwmni Egino, to enable engagement on potential future nuclear developments in the United Kingdom.

Signers’ language: “We are engaging with several stakeholders to explore potential uses of our estate, using our capability and expertise to support the government in delivering its energy security strategy,” said David Peattie, the NDA’s chief executive. “This is an important step, formalizing our support to Cwmni Egino and enabling the NDA to deliver its mission to safely decommission our sites and free up the land for future use. The success of the project at Trawsfynydd will also benefit the community neighboring our North Wales site.”

Cwmni Egino’s chief executive, Alan Raymant, added, “Our relationship with the NDA is critical to the successful delivery of our vision for the development of new nuclear at Trawsfynydd. We’re very pleased that the MOU is now formally in place. We look forward to working with the NDA as we continue to develop our proposals, which will bring significant benefits to local communities, as well as help achieve energy security and net-zero targets.”

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