Fallon visits Anglesey to see planned nuclear site

Energy Minister Michael Fallon is today visiting Anglesey for a look at the proposed site for a new nuclear power station. He is making the Welsh trip to the Horizon […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy Minister Michael Fallon is today visiting Anglesey for a look at the proposed site for a new nuclear power station.

He is making the Welsh trip to the Horizon nuclear project along with the Secretary of State for Wales David Jones.

Famed for a jam-packed schedule, the Conservative minister seems to be doing his utmost to cover as much of his brief – and ground – as possible.

Horizon was bought by Japan’s Hitachi in November last year and the power firm applied for a licence for the Wylfa B nuclear plant at the start of 2013. Typically the approval process takes about four years.

A spokesperson for Horizon said Mr Fallon’s visit was mainly just to have “a bit of a look” as little can happen at the site until it gets approval.

The firm expects to make the final investment decision in 2018 and reach the first commercial operation in the early 2020s.