HOPES HIGH FOR JOBS AT TRAWS
Proposals for active decommissioning and modular reactor boost site prospects:
ANUCLEAR site could retain and create jobs for years to come if the goahead is given to two proposals.
Union leaders last week met site bosses and workers at Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd to discuss the future of the location which is being decommissioned.
They were told that a proposal for ‘ active decommissioning’ – rather than the site going into care and maintenance for 60 years – could keep jobs on site for an extra decade and create new roles. There were also discussions about the potential for a small modular nuclear reactor on site which could bring work for the next 60 years. A Government decision on this new technology is expected in the coming weeks.
Sue Fern, Prospect senior deputy general secretary, said: “Retaining and creating high quality jobs and skills in this area is vital.
“The proposal for active decommissioning could increase employment at the site and keep workers at the site for additional al years,
“Bringing the modular odular reactor here could then create jobs here for 60 years. We will continue to apply pressure on the UK Government. This site has a grid connection, nuclear licence and the skills in the area so this makes it an ideal site.”
TUC deputy general secretary Pau Paul Nowak (pictured) s n said: “Average wages in this area are £10,000 £ below the national average, that is why securing quality, skilled, well paid p jobs is so important. tan The workers and, we believe, b the community are supportive of the proposals.” Active or continuous decommissioning would see workers tackle remaining decommissioning work over the next decade rather than leave radiation to decay naturally. The National Decommission- ing Authority said: “The NDA’s
ai plan is that Trawsfynydd will enter a ‘care and maintenance phase’, where all the mobile hazards on site have been safely dealt with and remaining radiation is left to decay naturally over time, by around 2029 - with final site clearance scheduled for the 2090’s.
“The NDA keeps its strategy under constant review to ensure we have the most appropriate decommissioning plans for all the UK’s Magnox nuclear reactor sites.”
Any change to this strategy would be subject to subject to UK Government approval.