Survey: Could Wylfa be the UK’s next nuclear power station?

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A new inquiry into nuclear power in Wales and whether Wylfa could be the UK’s next nuclear power station has been launched by the Welsh Affairs Committee.

This follows a unique evidence session the Committee held in September 2021 when members heard from industry and security experts, potential developers on the site and a senior official from the Department of Business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS).

The Committee will now build on this evidence base and examine Wales’ role in the UK Government’s nuclear ambitions, the economic impact of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and the development of nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMR).

Nuclear power stations currently provide 15% of UK electricity supply – by 2050 the UK government aims to power 25% of UK homes using nuclear energy as part of its energy security strategy, which also mentions Wylfa on Anglesey as one of the venues that could be given the green light.

MP Stephen Crabb, chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, said: “For many years there has been back and forth over a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Now that the government has made it clear in its energy security strategy that nuclear is back on the table, Wylfa Newydd appears at the top of the list.

“Our committee is keen to look at the government’s plans to revive nuclear power generation in Wales and to support nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors. I invite anyone with opinions to submit evidence to our committee.

The survey is seeking opinions until August 12, 2022.

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