Salt Lake City, October 14, 2010 – EnergySolutions has been notified by the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, that the Wylfa nuclear power plant in north Wales will continue electricity generation for up to two years beyond its previously scheduled closure date.
The plant, operated by EnergySolutions International Group through its subsidiary Magnox North Ltd and under contract to the NDA, was due to cease generation in December 2010 but will now continue well into 2012.
The extra generation will bring additional revenue in excess of $158 million for the NDA in its core work of cleaning-up the UK’s nuclear legacy. EnergySolutions will continue to earn fees from the NDA as a result of the extended generation.
“This fantastic achievement is a testament to the hard work put in by all at the plant and in the wider group. It has been made possible through our strong relationships with all stakeholders, in particular the workforce and the regulators, and is great news for the local community and national government alike,” said Mark Morant, President of EnergySolutions International Group. “Through its ownership of the Magnox sites, EnergySolutions continues to make a huge impact in the UK nuclear sector, generating extra revenue and power at the front end while delivering accelerated clean-up and significant cost savings at the back end.”
The Magnox reactors are the UK’s first generation nuclear reactors and Wylfa has been in operation since 1971. EnergySolutions took over the management and operation contract for 10 Magnox sites in 2007, two of which – Wylfa and Oldbury, in the southwest of England – are still generating while the other eight are at varying stages of defueling, decommissioning, and clean-up.