THE UK Government is "committed" to delivering nuclear power in Wales despite the suspension of the £20 billion pound Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey.

In response to the news that Hitachi was pulling the plug on its Horizon Nuclear Power scheme near Cemaes Bay, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said on Thursday, it was not the end of "nuclear opportunities" at the site.

On Friday morning, at a hurriedly arranged meeting on the island, Mr Cairns said he was maintaining "elements of positivity" over the site's future and that the Government would continue to engage with Hitachi.

The Minister met with business leaders, politicians, council chiefs, senior academics. and nuclear power bosses at the the Treaddur Bay Hotel.

Mr Cairns said, despite the suspension, he was continuing with"optimism," as the area was still a "prime" location for nuclear development.

After the meeting, he told the Chronicle: "Many large projects face many challenges and delays before in their development. "The recent suspension is just one of those challenges."

He said there had been three elements to the Friday discussions.

"The first is that we are working to see whether we can continue Hitatchi's commitment to the Development Consent Order, That is where spend increases and it would limit any delay on the suspension." He said.

"If we can get to that position it demonstrates a tangible demonstration of the company's commitment the project.

"The second element is looking at the North Wales Growth Deal, and the third is discussions with the National Grid about its plans to link the power station to the grid.

"Let's see where we can go with all these positive elements, so when we come forward with a new package and financial model this site is ready to go."

The Government recently launched the £200 million Nuclear Sector Deal in North Wales

Mr Cairns said: “Together, this with the £120m committed to the North Wales Growth Deal, we are pushing for change across the region producing results such as jobs and local investment.”

The Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen said: "Credit to the Secretary of State for organising this meeting so quickly and getting everyone around the table.

"It was a very positive meeting. We were all speaking with one voice."

"Everyone was able to express their views openly and honestly, and we are now working together, on all levels, for a positive outcome."