Magnox triggers Wylfa demolitions

Plans to bring down 15 buildings at the former nuclear power station have been lodged with Anglesey Council.

The two nuclear reactors at the site were shut down in 2012 and 2015, brining to a close 40+ years of operation at the site. Magnox has been responsible for decommissioning the site since then.

Magnox’s decision to start demolition follows the news in February 2021 that Hitachi subsidiary Horizon had pulled its plans for Wylfa Newydd, a new £20bn power station to be built next to the existing plant.

Avison Young is advising Magnox. In a covering letter to the local authority, AY said “the buildings to be demolished are no longer required for operational purposes in association with the Wylfa site.

“The demolition works are proposed as part of the wider decommissioning of the Wylfa site and demolition is scheduled to commence imminently.”

Cartmel Ecology assessed a total of 44 buildings at the site ahead of the application, progressing 15 of them for this proposal, with others ruled out for their potential use by protected species.

The buildings to be demolished include project offices, an oxygen injection compound and a portal crane and tracks, along with water and fuel tanks and a pumphouse.

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