North Wales chosen as site for third large-scale nuclear power station

The site was chosen due to its access to cooling water and a history of nuclear activity

Wylfa in Anglesey, North Wales has been selected by the UK government as the preferred location for its third large-scale nuclear power station.

The proposed facility is expected to be able to generate enough energy to power six million homes for 60 years, contributing to the UK’s clean energy goals.

The decision is said to have come after the government acquired the site from Hitachi for US $202mn in early 2024.

Energy Security and Net Zero Secretary of State Claire Coutinho stated, “We are powering ahead with the biggest expansion of nuclear energy in seventy years. Anglesey has a proud nuclear history, and it is only right that, once again, it can play a central role in boosting the UK’s energy security.”

Wylfa’s location on the North Wales coast is considered ideal due to its access to cooling water and a history of nuclear activity.

The government said that it aims to meet a quarter of the nation’s electricity demand through domestic nuclear power by 2050, and is now said to be in talks with international energy companies regarding the construction of the new plant.


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