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UK"s oldest nuclear plant closes

on Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:08 pm
Five years after its originally planned shutdown date, Magnox said Wendesday it was shutting down Wylfa, the last operating Magnox-design reactor. Built on the coast of a bay on the island of Anglesey off the northwest coast of Wales, the reactor took 10 years to build and opened in 1971.

A full 44 years after it opened, Magnox's Wylfa nuclear reactor has been shut down. It's on the island of Anglesey off the Welsh coast, on a site a different company hopes to build a new reactor in the 2020s.

According to the company, "Wylfa was the most technically advanced nuclear power station in the UK" at the time of its construction, and the world's highest-output reactor, generating 1,000 MW at its peak.

Magnox Ltd. is a nuclear decommissioning "site license company" (SLC) under contract to the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a government body set up specifically to deal with the UK's nuclear legacy under the Energy Act 2004. The company, which is currently responsible for decommissioning ten Magnox nuclear reactors in Britain, is the successor company to Magnox Electric, which was created in 1996 to take over management and operation of nearly all Magnox-type reactors from their previous owners.

With Wylfa off the grid, Britain is down to 15 operating nuclear reactors - all of them operated by EDF Energy, a subsidiary of Electricité de France SA (EDF), a French state-owned firm. Nuclear power generated about 19 percent of its electricity supply from nuclear power in 2014. Most of the remaining reactors are due to be retired by 2023.
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