Design for Wylfa B reactors draws closer

Published date: 23 January 2013 |
Published by: Geraint Jones
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PREPARATION work for Wylfa B is gathering pace as the design of the nuclear reactors takes a step closer.

Following Hitachi’s acquisition of Horizon November last year, the UK Government has now begun discussions over the design assessment of its prospective Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR), a move which Anglesey Council has welcomed.

Council leader, councillor Bryan Owen, said: “This announcement further demonstrates the continued commitment to new nuclear build at Wylfa and is another step in the right direction.”

“Hitachi has already described their commitment to Anglesey as one which will last for a hundred years, leading to 6,000 jobs during construction and around 1,000 permanent jobs during operation.”

Anglesey Energy Island Programme Director Dr John Idris Jones said: “These are exciting times for Anglesey in the energy stakes and we’re expecting Horizon to announce more detail of their business plan and forward programme in the spring.”

Secretary of State for Wales David Jones, said, "This is an important step forward for the Horizon Nuclear Power project and demonstrates Hitachi’s commitment to the UK and the building of new nuclear.”

"wI know that the students of Coleg Menai in North Wales who are working towards a career in the nuclear industry will be pleased that the Generic Design Assessment stage has moved forward so quickly."
 

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