WYLFA Reactor One, the last generating Magnox nuclear reactor in the world, finally closed down on 30 December 2015 after 44 years of operations. The Wylfa power station, on Anglesey, Wales, UK, began generating electricity in 1971. At the time, its two reactors had a combined output of 1,000 MW, making it the world’s most powerful nuclear power station. Reactor Two shut down three years ago. Production of Magnox fuel ceased in 2008 and Wylfa was originally scheduled to shut down in 2010. However, a further five years of operation became possible after regulators approved a process to transfer partly-used fuel between nuclear reactors, known as inter-reactor fuel transfer, or IRX. Over the course of its lifetime, Wylfa generated 232 TWh of electricity. Staff at the site gathered on 30 December to watch the final switch-off procedure.
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