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Steam leak shuts Wylfa nuclear plant

07 July 2014

A steam leak caused the shutdown of one of the turbines at the Wylfa nuclear power plant on Anglesey, operator Magnox Ltd said on July 4. A spokesperson for the company said no radioactivity had been released, the steam escape was not from the nuclear reactor and there were no injuries.

Photo: Magnox Ltd
Photo: Magnox Ltd

The power station reopened on July 1 after a five-month closure for maintenance work. Reactor one was first shut down on January 6 for maintenance work and its re-start was twice delayed when problems were discovered.

Wylfa, which is 43-years-old, was originally scheduled to close in 2010, but has had a life extension. It is earmarked for permanent closure on September 30, unless a new extension to December 2015 is agreed by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Wylfa is the last operational Magnox nuclear power plant in the UK. Only reactor 1 is still operational. Reactor 2 closed permanently in April 2012.

Horizon Nuclear Power plans to build a new £8bn nuclear power station using advanced water boiling reactors next to the Magnox site.

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