The regulatory justification process for Horizon Nuclear Power’s choice of the Hitachi-GE’s ABWR for build at Wylfa Newydd is now complete, after approval by both Houses of Parliament.
Image: ABWR, Hitachi-GE
The justification process was based on an application made by the UK Nuclear Industry Association which made the case that Wylfa Newydd’s benefits to British society in terms of security of supply and carbon reduction outweigh any potential radiological health detriments. The application is specific to Horizon Nuclear Power’s chosen reactor design, the ABWR as supplied by Hitachi-GE.
Horizon said: “The completion of the justification process comes after two rounds of public consultation, a ruling from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and unanimous approval in both Houses of Parliament.” Company COO Alan Raymant said it was a “major milestone” for the project and came alongside the completion of the company’s first public consultation of people near to Wylfa Newydd. The site is on the Welsh island of Angelsey alongside Wylfa, an operational nuclear power plant with two Magnox units since 1971. One of the units is now closed; the other will shut down in December.
Horizon hopes to build two ABWR units at Wylfa Newydd and start them up in around 2025. It is putting the ABWR design through the Generic Design Assessment process operated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
Source: World Nuclear News
Wylfa nuclear power station closed for five months
Reactor one was shut down on 6 January for maintenance work and the discovery of further problems has delayed re-starting the station twice.
The latest repairs are to a damaged pipe which was spotted by workers on 13 June but there are hopes to restart the plant again in two weeks.
The 43-year-old facility is planned to close later this year.
A Wylfa spokesman said no radioactive material was involved in the incidents.
He said reactor one was planned to be out of action for 100 days from 6 January, but when staff tried to restart the station during the Easter Bank Holiday it was discovered that repairs were then needed to one of the turbines and a gas circulator.
A pipe leak found on 13 June has resulted in further delays to the reactor start-up.
Following a return to service, the power station will continue to produce energy until the 30 September, with a possible extension to December 2015 if safety checks can be passed.
A second reactor at Wylfa was shut down on 25 April 2012, bringing to end 41 years of service.
There are plans for a new nuclear power station on a neighbouring site, at a cost of £8bn.
Horizon Nuclear Power want to put what are known as Advanced Boiling Water Reactors on the site, next to the ageing Magnox plant.
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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.
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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