Assessment of proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear reactor underway


Geraint Jones

THE next phase of assessing the proposed reactor for the new Wylfa nuclear plant is underway.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency has launched the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR), which is proposed for use at Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.

Ian Parker, the Environment Agency’s nuclear regulation group manager said: “GDA allows regulators and reactor designers to identify and resolve issues early.”

The regulators will asses the safety, security, environmental and waste implications of new reactor designs before site-specific proposals are brought forward.

Natural Resources Wales is also involved in the GDA process and will be lead on engagement with people in Wales.

Iwan Williams, of Natural Resources Wales, said: “While the GDA process is generic for England and Wales, it will also underpin the assessments we will need to make for the proposed development at Wylfa Newydd.

“All of the agencies involved in this process will be working closely together over the next few years.”


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