Horizon seeks views on latest proposals for Welsh nuclear plant

A third formal consultation on the latest proposals for a Welsh nuclear power station has been launched. Horizon Nuclear Power is seeking views on Wylfa Newydd, a multi-billion pound nuclear […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A third formal consultation on the latest proposals for a Welsh nuclear power station has been launched.

Horizon Nuclear Power is seeking views on Wylfa Newydd, a multi-billion pound nuclear power station on Anglesey. The proposal is for two nuclear reactors with a minimum generating capacity of 2,700MW.

It is presenting a more compact design of the power plant, with suggestions on where and how it can best manage the impacts from construction and bring long term benefits to the community.

Some of the key project updates include:

  • Reduction in the area taken up by the main power station
  • Appointing a Welsh Language and Culture Co-ordinator to ensure protection and enhancement of language and culture remains at the heart of the development
  • Support for a capital investment programme for all five secondary schools on the island to improve science and technology facilities as well as promote STEM subjects
  • Support for the development of an Employment and Skills Service to signpost people from across the region to jobs available on site

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive of Horizon Nuclear Power said: “In this third stage of consultation, we’re focusing on the areas that have changed or where there are new proposals. To make this project the best it can be, it must be investable, constructable and deliver a world-leading operating power station.

“The changes we’re proposing will enable us to streamline our construction schedule, reduce the number of construction workers we need to bring in and temporarily house and cut the number of development sites we need.

“Wylfa Newydd must also be a welcome addition to the community which Anglesey and the wider region can be proud of.”

National Grid has halted development consent for the transmission line connecting a new proposed nuclear power station at Moorside following developer NuGen’s decision to carry out a “strategic review”.