Boost for Anglesey as new Horizon owners visit island


Geraint Jones


ANGLESEY is set for a new dawn and a major share of a £10 billion investment after Hitachi bought Nuclear Nuclear Power, which has the rights to build Wylfa B.

More than 6,000 construction jobs will be created with 1,000 permant posts on the new site as the firm takes over the project to build up to three reactors on the island.

Work will start at the earliest opportunity and the plant is expected to be operational in the first half of the 2020s.

Policitians met Hitachi and Horizon Nuclear Power respresentatives at the £6 million Coleg Menai Energy Centre Llangefni today (Wednesday, October 31).

Welsh Secretary David Jones hailed the purchase as the “biggest investment Wales has seen for many generations.”

He said: “I’m pleased to say that this is a new dawn for Anglesey, and of course Japan is the land of the rising sun.”

“I think the people of Anglesey can be asured that they have attracted an investment from investors of the highest possible quality.”

The Wylfa B plant, is expected to be operational by the mid 2020s, could create up to 6,000 during construction and 1,000 during operation.

Mr Jones said securing a future for nuclear generation at Wylfa was his number one ambition when he was appointed Welsh Secretary.

He added: “I think it’s just the economic tonic Anglesey needed.

“Anglesey has had some very unfortunate economic news with Anglesey Aluminium closing, but what we now have is the potential for a new energy industry to cluster around Wylfa B.”

The Secretary of State also hailed the supply chain opportunities, not only in during construction, but for the wider community during operation.

Mr Jones said: “I have visited Wylfa many times and know there is a wealth of nuclear expertise and eager young apprentices on Anglesey; they can now look forward to a secure future of well-paid, high quality employment.

“Hitachi’s investment will come as very welcome news to the students and to the North Wales community as a whole. It is a ringing endorsement of Wales as a place ripe for investment and will come as a welcome boost for the local economy. “

Business Minister Edwina Hart, who also attended the event, welcomed the sale of the Horizon Project to Hitachi.

She said: "This is great news for Anglesey and the rest of North Wales and will provide a massive long-term economic boost for the region.


"As this project gets underway, the Welsh Government will work closely with Hitachi, the UK Government and local authorities to ensure Wales gains the maximum benefits from the massive opportunities presented by this announcement, including training for workers and supply chain contracts for our local companies in Wales."

Anglesey Council leader councillor Bryan Owen added: "The County Council, through its Energy Island Programme, looks forward to building on its close ties with Horizon, and forging a strong and positive working relationship with Hitachi and its partners, to ensure that new build maximises local benefits for Anglesey and its communities.”





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