Horizon Nuclear Power says its proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant will employ more than 1,000 people once it begins working in the first half of the 2020s.
The current Wylfa power station will close in 2015 at the latest, after beginning operation in 1971.
Horizon is a subsidiary of Hitachi which bought the site in 2012 for around £700m.
Hitachi has opted to build a smaller plant, deciding to construct two reactors – called Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) – instead of three.
Up to 6,000 jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase.
Horizon says the community consultation is a major step in the planning process.
Horizon’s chief operating officer, Alan Raymant, said: “This is a big step forward for a project that will contribute to the future prosperity of north Wales for many years to come.
“Not only will it provide direct job opportunities, it will also build and support an extensive local supply chain and inspire the region’s young people.”
Phi Steele, treasurer of the lobby group Pawb, said the plans would be a “hard read” for the average visitor to the exhibition.
He said: “We know that people on the island have very real concerns about basic question.
“The main concerns the danger from nuclear waste, the security of the site and, of course, the economy – i don’t just mean the local economy, which is a major concern, but the wider economy. This is a very expensive technology we’re talking about.
“And also the question of evacuating the island in the event of an emergency is one thing that comes to mind.”
A delegation from four campaigning groups opposed to the new plant, including Pawb, is flying out to Japan later this week deliver an anti-nuclear message to Hitachi.
Members of Pawb, Greenpeace, CND Cymru and Cymeithas Yr Iaith on the trip will visit the city of Tomioka, which had to be abandoned after the nuclear reactor explosions at Daiichi in Fukushima in 2011.
Dates and venues of proposals exhibition
Fri 3 Oct, Cemaes Village Hall, High Street, Cemaes 14:00-18:00
Wed 8 Oct, Llanfachraeth Village Hall, Llanfachraeth 14:00-18:00
Thurs 9 Oct, Ucheldre Centre, Mill Bank, Holyhead 14:00-18:00
Fri 10 Oct, Rhosneigr Library, High Street, Rhosneigr 14:00-18:00
Sat 11 Oct, The Coach House, The Bull Hotel, Bulkely Square, Llangefni 10:00-15:-00
Wed 29 Oct, War Memorial Community Centre, Water Street, Menai Bridge 14:00-18:00
Thurs, 30 Oct, Llandudno Town Hall, Lloyd St, Llandudno 14:00-18:00
Fri 31 Oct, Celtic Royal Hotel, Bangor Street, Caernarfon 14:00-18:00
Sat 1 Nov, Penrhyn Hall, Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor 10:00-15:00
Thurs 20 Nov, Wylfa Sports and Social Club, Tyn y Maes, Cemaes Bay 14:00-18:00
Fri 21 Nov, Amlwch Agewell Centre, Memorial Hall, 18 Market Street, Amlwch 14:00-18:00
Source: BBC News
The centre will open on September 30 and will co-ordinate Hitachi’s nuclear research activities in Europe as well as provide “additional resources to facilitate the development of safe and efficient nuclear power technologies based on advanced plant maintenance technology and proven decommissioning techniques in Europe”.
Hitachi will utilize the new base to conduct joint research with UK and European universities to bring together the leading technologies developed in Europe and Hitachi’s Boiling Water Reactor technology.
It will work on developing “safer and more efficient nuclear power technologies, including technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure to plant personnel, and technology to raise plant utilization”
Hitachi will also undertake R&D on reducing the volume of waste and lowering the cost of decommissioning.
The opening of the centre comes as the UK hopes to launch a renaissance of nuclear power. Eight sites are earmarked for new reactors, with the first – Hinkley Point C- awaiting the outcome of an EU State Aid probe before operator EDF makes the final investment decision to go ahead.
Hitachi hopes to build new reactors at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in England.
Since April, Hitachi has been collaborating with the University of Manchester on technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure in annual inspection.
Source: Power Engineering International
Wylfa Newydd: UK guarantees Anglesey nuclear site money
Hitachi is now leading the long-awaited project
It guarantees to support finance for developing a new station at Wylfa.
Building the £8bn Wylfa Newydd (New Wylfa) is subject to planning approval, a process expected to take three years.
Hitachi’s reactors also need to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive.
The firm renamed the project Wylfa Newydd last month in recognition of the “opportunities” it says it will bring. It had been known as Wylfa B.
Up to 6,000 jobs are expected to be created while the new reactors – capable of powering up to three million homes – are built and around 1,000 jobs when the plant is operating.
Hitachi bought the site last year for around £700m. The power station will be built by a subsidiary, Horizon Nuclear Power.
Horizon chief operating officer Alan Raymant welcomed the announcement as “excellent”.
He said: “It will build confidence amongst our supply chain, future workforce, local communities, and importantly potential investors.”
In a statement, the two firms said they expected to have the full range of licences and permissions for Wylfa Newydd in place by 2018.
John Idris Jones, programme director for the Energy Island Programme, a partnership of public and private sector bodies run from Anglesey council, said the finance announcement was a “step in the right direction” as part of the wider construction process.
He said it would make it cheaper for Hitachi to borrow money to build Wylfa Newydd.
Other Spending Plan Highlights
- A further £50m for a redevelopment of the railway station at Gatwick Airport
- UK guarantee agreed for the £1bn London Underground’s Northern Line extension to Battersea in London
- Improvements to the A50 around Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire, to start no later than 2015-16
- Improvements to the A14 around the port of Felixstowe in Suffolk
- Target for the sale of corporate and financial assets will be doubled from £10bn to £20bn between 2014 and 2020, including the government’s shareholding in Eurostar
He said: “That in the long term will mean cheaper electricity prices for us because they will be able to borrow the money at a cheaper rate.”
He added: “The vast majority of the people I talk to are very keen on the Wylfa Newydd project. They see this as an opportunity for the island to have a sustainable future.
“The project will mean jobs for at least 60 years in terms of generating electricity on site for up to 1,000 local people, and that is very important for our island.”
Welsh Secretary David Jones said the announcement was a “strong signal” of the UK government’s commitment to new nuclear power.
He said: “Their investment will bring significant benefits to the economy in Wales, particularly on Anglesey, through supply chain opportunities and much needed high-quality employment.”
Kevin Coyne, the Unite union’s national officer for energy, said: “This new nuclear project could mean the creation of thousands of construction jobs, hundreds of apprenticeships as well as the jobs operating a new power station.”
Another large energy scheme being planned in Wales is a £750m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.
If built, according to a report commissioned by the company, 40% of the investment could be spent in Wales.
The two projects are among £375bn of investment in energy, transport, communications, and water projects proposed under the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP).
Albert Owen, Ynys Mon MP welcomed the announcement.
But he said he had also raised the issue with the coalition government of the importance of port development with regard to the project and the wider economy.
Source: BBC News
UK to guarantee Wylfa nuclear plant by 2016
Today the Government announced it has a co-operation agreement with UK nuclear project Horizon, which is owned by Japanese firm Hitachi to guarantee the financing by 2016.
The Wylfa Newydd plant is one of 40 priority projects in the Coalition’s Fourth National Infrastructure Plan published today.
This document sets the start date for building at Wylfa as 2018. It could generate enough energy for up to three million homes.
Masaharu Hanyu, Deputy Chairman of Hitachi Europe said: “This co-operation agreement is a welcome demonstration of the UK Government’s equal commitment to making a new generation of nuclear power stations a reality.”
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant added: “It will build confidence amongst our supply chain, future workforce, local communities and importantly potential investors.”
Source: Energy Live News
Horizon names new nuclear power station project ‘wylfa newydd’
Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that the new nuclear power station it plans to build on Anglesey in Wales will be called ‘Wylfa Newydd’ – the Welsh for ‘New Wylfa’ – in recognition of the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island in the years ahead.
The name draws on the heritage of the existing Wylfa facility and recognises the new proposals represent far more than the physical presence of a new nuclear power station on the site. The project represents a multi-billion pound investment that will span many decades, boost the local economy and offer hundreds of long term career opportunities for local people.
Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: “People have come to refer to our project as ‘Wylfa B’ because, until now, we hadn’t given our new power station an official name. Since we were acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. last year, we’ve made a lot of progress but much of this work has been behind the scenes. Next year our project will start to gather pace in a way that is much more visible to local people, so we felt now was an appropriate time to announce the new name. Our proposal is not just about steel and concrete; it’s about creating a new, positive and successful future for Anglesey.”
The new name was unveiled during an evening reception held on Anglesey with key local partners and stakeholders last night (14 November).
Horizon also told attendees that designs are being worked up for two ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) units as part of a single power station at the Wylfa Newydd site. These proposals, along with more details on the construction timetable, will be set out in detail in the second half of next year.
Alan Raymant continued: “2014 will be one of our busiest years on the project so far. Our colleagues at Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. will move to the second stage of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency. This is the process through which the regulators ensure they’re completely satisfied the technology can operate safely. Later in the year, we’ll also be launching our first stage of public consultation, showing local people our early proposals and asking for their feedback. Wylfa Newydd has an important role to play on Anglesey and we’re looking forward to sharing our early plans with the people who could benefit most.”
Horizon will re-launch its Statement of Community Consultation in early in 2014, explaining how it intends to deliver its process of public consultation later in the year.
Source: The National Skills Academy
Wylfa B: Welsh Secretary David Jones says nuclear and sea power will drive Wales forward
Hitachi’s decision to build a power station on Anglesey is ‘one of the most important infrastructure projects in Wales’
The development of the new Wylfa nuclear power site can be a “springboard” for Wales to make the most of a revolution in energy supply, Welsh Secretary David Jones will claim today.
He will tell a London audience: “In Wales we currently produce 1.1GW of renewable energy – but we can do more.”
The Clwyd West Conservative MP will call for Wales to face up to the challenges ahead and be at the forefront of putting in place the technology and infrastructure that will keep Britain’s lights on.
Describing the opportunity created by Wylfa B, he will say: “Wales has already begun to attract investors. Hitachi’s decision to build a nuclear power station at Wylfa highlights the attractiveness of Wales as a place to do business and invest.”
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Source: Daily Post