Britain’s third new nuclear power station to be built on Anglesey

Britain’s third new nuclear power station to be built on Anglesey

Wylfa was home to a much smaller nuclear power plant that operated from 1972 to 2015 with an output of one gigawatt (GW). Wylfa B, the new plant, is expected to ultimately generate 3.2 GW of electricity, more than three times the production of its predecessor.

Its output would probably be similar to that of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which has been under construction for several years, and the Sizewell C power station, construction of which has just begun.

The construction of both plants is supervised by EDF, the French state electricity company, which this week confirmed that it also wanted to bid for Wylfa B.

The site could also eventually include one or more small modular reactors (SMRs), potentially creating the UK’s largest nuclear power generation centre.

A second site at Oldbury on Severn in Gloucestershire is expected to be designated for further nuclear developments, most likely based on SMR, according to Whitehall sources.

Ms Coutinho said: “We are moving forward with the biggest expansion of nuclear energy in 70 years.

“Anglesey has a proud nuclear history and it is only right that it can once again play a central role in driving the UK’s energy security.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Mrs Coutinho announced their ambitions to build a third major nuclear power station in January as part of a new nuclear roadmap. The plans will see Britain’s nuclear power generation capacity quadruple by 2050.