Members of Wylfa Site’s Site Stakeholder Group (SSG) have been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the site to see first-hand the progress being made with defuelling and hazard reduction.
Since electricity generation ended in 2015, the site’s main focus has been to empty both reactors of fuel and dispatch it to Sellafield for reprocessing which, when complete, will remove 99 per cent of the site’s radioactive hazard.
Stuart Law, Wylfa Site Director, said: “It has been a very busy start to the year – we are making good progress and wanted to share that transparently with our stakeholders. The site is now 30% defuelled, with 500,000 litres of oil and 368 tonnes of hazardous materials removed since we shut down. I am extremely proud of our safety performance and what the workforce has achieved.”
The SSG tour also took in the site’s pile cap where the group observed one of the site’s two fuelling machines removing used fuel elements from inside reactor one.
SSG Chairman, Councillor Aled Morris Jones, summed the day up: “The tour was very informative and gave us a good insight into how the site has moved forward from generating to defuelling, bearing in mind that it shut down just over a year ago. I am very grateful to the Site Director for hosting the tour and to Aled and Medwyn Williams for showing us around and explaining the defuelling process.”