"THE chairman of an Enterprise Zone [Dr. John Idris Jones] has called for hundreds of workers to be kept on at Trawsfynydd beyond 2016 by moving straight into the next phase of decommissioning while more work is done on attracting other industry to the location."
This sounds like a very tangible plan to purposefully make the decommissioning process at Trawsfynydd more expensive, more inefficient and more hazardous in order to artificially maintain short term jobs in North Wales at great public expense.
Dr. John Idris Jones is also Director of Anglesey Energy Island. I have unfortunately been unable to start a credible conversation with him and others in government, because the NDA and Magnox Sites have refused to engage in a debate on the cost-effective use of the public resources in their control. The skills of a large number of nuclear workers in North Wales could help to build a new generation IV nuclear development programme, however any consideration of this option is being actively blocked by the NDA and Magnox Sites at the moment.
"A study on the future potential of the [Trawsfynydd] site is being carried out and will be completed by spring next year, when recommendations from the Enterprise Zone board will be made to Welsh Government Economy Minister Edwina Hart.
Mr Jones said: "We are looking at ICT and energy, we are looking at things that are tangible, where is no point putting things forward that will never get private sector investment. One area we are looking at is data centres, the site has water for cooling, cool air temperatures, and connectivity thanks to the work done by the Welsh Government rolling out next generation broadband." "
Sounds great... No new leap of imagination. No leadership. More reports. More paper pushing, indecision and inaction. More wasted public money.
Officialdom in Wales will say something like "Don't worry we will soon have a set of massively subsidised Generation III nuclear power stations in Anglesey. Horizon Wylfa Newydd ready in 12 to 20 years time, so there is need for conversation on a Generation IV Plan B with James Arathoon and others";
However the Horizon Wylfa Newydd project and subsidy regime does not yet have ONR and EU approval, and the public might only want to vote for MP's that rule out further corrupt and secret crony capitalist deal making by government in their individual election promises at the next General Election. Perhaps a wider conversation is needed after all.