Wylfa nuclear plant reopens after five-month closure

The Wylfa nuclear power plant in North Wales is up and running again after a five-month closure. Reactor 1 was shut down in January for its last scheduled maintenance but […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Wylfa nuclear power plant in North Wales is up and running again after a five-month closure.

Reactor 1 was shut down in January for its last scheduled maintenance but the discovery of further problems delayed its restart.

The 43-year-old facility, which is expected to close later this year, finished the 2013/14 financial year with a total output of 2.81 terrawatt hours (TWh) of electricity – enough to power around 70 million smart phones.

It also generated around £140 million of revenue for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which owns the site.

Dr Brian Burnett, NDA Head of Programmes said: “Wylfa’s return to service is good news for the taxpayer, for Anglesey and for the site workforce.”

A second reactor at Wylfa was shut down in April 2012.