Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has visited the world’s first final repository for spent nuclear fuel on a cross-party MP trip to Finland.
Virginia went to the island of Olkiluoto in the Nordic country last week to see the under construction Posiva Geological Disposal Facility that will be operational in 2025.
She also saw three nuclear reactors that produce power for 30% of Finland’s energy needs.
The visit was arranged by the Nuclear All-Party Parliamentary Group and it included Conservative, Labour and Plaid Cymru MPs and Peers.
“Finland is leading the way in nuclear from private funding of nuclear power stations, to community engagement and
the disposal of spent nuclear fuel so it was a pleasure to join my colleagues to see how it is all working,” said Virginia.
“The nuclear industry is an international industry and it is important to see what is happening in Finland and what
good practice, innovation, facilities and expertise can come here as we ramp up new nuclear power in the UK.
“The Finnish regulator STUK also is looking for international cooperation on nuclear expertise and I was delighted to
represent the UK as the first step forward.
“It was a pleasure to visit the Olkiluoto 3 power plant - a large-scale gigawatt plant that helps produce 30% of Finland’s
electricity, ensuring energy security and cheaper energy bills for communities across the country.
“Its contribution is impressive and it shows what a large-scale nuclear project could do for Anglesey in terms of jobs
and investment and for the UK in terms of reliable and green energy and energy security.”
Those who went on the visit with Virginia were: Viscount Stephen Hanworth (Lab, hereditary Peer), Giles Watling MP
(Con), Mark Jenkinson MP (Con), Mark Hendrick (Lab), Charlotte Nicholls (Lab), Liz Saville-Roberts (Plaid Cymru) and
Trudy Harrison (Con).