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    Plea for more nuclear energy

    Oct 25 2005
    By David Jones, Daily Post

    COMPANIES in North Wales are to discuss a call by a manufacturers' organisation for new nuclear power plants to be built to head off future energy shortages.

    The Engineering Employers' Federation is urging the government to consider replacing nuclear plants as part of a balanced, sustainable, long-term energy strategy for the UK.

    But the EEF - which has 120 member companies in North Wales - is not saying whether it wants to see a new nuclear power plant built in the region, or whether it thinks the lifespan of Wylfa on Anglesey should be extended.

    A major EEF report sets out a wide-ranging future energy strategy for the UK aimed at delivering a reliable and competitive low carbon energy supply. It said the issue had taken on a renewed sense of urgency after large rises in gas prices and fears about supplies in the next two winters.

    John Malam, EEF regional chief executive, said: "Energy is now right at the top of the agenda and there is no time to lose in putting in place a long-term strategy that will provide a competitive, reliable and secure supply and generate significant reduction in emissions.

    "Failure to do so will mean relying on new technology and energy efficiency to come to our aid, which alone is unlikely to deliver on any of these fronts."

    The EEF said future policy should include a range of options featuring gas and coal, renewable energy, and nuclear power.

    EEF member companies meet at the organisation's St Asaph regional base on Friday to discuss the report.

    The issue is of critical importance to high energy user Anglesey Aluminium, which is seeking a long term, reasonably priced power supply to secure the future of its Holyhead smelter once its existing contract with the nearby Wylfa Magnox reactor expires in 2009. Exploratory talks on the issue take place at the Department of Trade and Industry today.

    Wylfa is earmarked for decommissioning in 2010 but businesspeople and politicians on Anglesey believe there may be a case to keep it running.

    The EEF said yesterday: "We are aware of the situation at Anglesey Aluminium and Wylfa, and would like to see a resolution of that.

    "However, our report has not looked at the geographical location for nuclear power plants and does not specifically mention Wylfa or other stations.

    "We have taken quite a considered view about nuclear power and cannot at this stage get involved in the details of individual sites."

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