Wales welcomes new UK nuclear power station as centrepiece of Anglesey’s ‘energy island’

Wylfa nuclear power stationThe proposed development of new UK nuclear power station at Anglesey in Wales has reached another key milestone after Welsh Secretary David Jones announced that the assessment of a cutting-edge nuclear reactor has progressed to the next phase.

The UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) is currently proposed for use at the site of Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire. The process forms a critical part of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) currently underway to ensure that the reactor meets rigorous safety standards.

Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones has marked the announcement as a significant step forward for the Wylfa Newydd development which is set to form the centrepiece of Anglesey’s Energy Island. Jones said: “The importance I personally place in the development of new nuclear at Wylfa Newydd, and the commitment of this Government to a future for nuclear in the UK is steadfast.

However, it is absolutely right that the proposed design of any reactor to be constructed in this country is subjected to stringent safety assessments led by the independent regulators. I am delighted to see that this process is moving along to the second stage of assessment.

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy has marked the announcement with the launch of a new website dedicated to explaining the reactor technology and inviting comments on the design as part of a public and stakeholder engagement programme.

The Japanese giant has already laid out its initial approach to engaging local suppliers and training local workers, working with Horizon Nuclear Power to deliver a lasting economic legacy in north Wales.

During his trade mission to Asia in March 2013, the Welsh Secretary visited Hitachi City in Tokyo to hear how plans to build the new plants were progressing. Jones also visited Ohma nuclear power plant which is currently under construction.

  • Hitachi-GE’s investment in new nuclear is expected to bring between 5,000 and 6,000 construction jobs to North Wales , as well as up to 1,000 well paid, high quality employment opportunities once the site is operational.

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