Traws crosses halfway point

magnox 150The decommissioning of Trawsfynydd Site, Wales’ first nuclear power station constructed during the 1960s, has crossed the halfway point.

Work to deliver the site into care and maintenance (C&M) by 2016 is more than 50 per cent complete. During its C&M phase, radiation levels will slowly decay naturally, allowing the two reactors and remaining building structures to be decommissioned safely and more efficiently from 2074 onwards.

Trawsfynydd has seen a huge increase in decommissioning activity since the plan to accelerate C&M was announced in 2010, including the removal of many plant and buildings, treatment of nuclear waste, reactor buildings maintenance and installing new infrastructure to accommodate the increased numbers of people working on the site.

Dave Wilson, Site Director, said: “We have built real momentum here at Trawsfynydd. The team across the whole of Magnox has made excellent progress in taking the site closer towards our C&M goal. Key to this success is our framework contractor, ACTUS, and an effective local supply chain. We’ve also built strong relationships with local stakeholders who are a vital part of all our activities on the site.”

Dr Brian Burnett, Head of Programmes at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns the Trawsfynydd site, added: “Delivering Trawsfynydd into C&M by 2016 is a challenging goal. I have been impressed by the sense of drive at the site and the excellent progress Magnox has been making.”

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