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HORIZON NEWS - 14.03.2017

Blood Bikes Wales hit the road with help from Horizon

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated £1000 to Blood Bikes Wales North West, to go towards purchasing a new blood bike to transport emergency medical provisions across the region.

Blood Bikes Wales applied to Horizon’s Charitable Donations scheme for funding towards a new Triumph Sprint motorcycle, which delivers critical medical supplies, including blood, platelets and other potentially life-saving supplies to patients across North West Wales.

The charity, which relies entirely on volunteers and donations, received a £5000 donation in a will and Horizon donated the rest of the money needed. The bike has been named Gwenda, in memory of the lady who donated the money.

Emma Lampka, Blood Bikes Wales’ Chair, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Horizon’s donation.  Blood Bikes Wales is an organisation run entirely by volunteers, so donations like this go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of providing a comprehensive delivery service for the NHS in Wales.”

“The new bike is a great boost to the team, and we’re delighted to be able to offer a better service to the NHS in North West Wales and further afield.”

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “The charitable donations scheme is designed to help local good causes, and we are pleased we can support a fantastic charity such as Blood Bikes Wales, who provide the region with an invaluable service, that potentially saves lives.”

Anybody interested in volunteering, donating or fundraising for Blood Bikes Wales – North West can find out more by visiting bloodbikeswales.org.uk, or follow them on Twitter, @bloodbikeswales and Facebook, at Blood Bikes Wales.

For more information about Horizon’s Charitable Donations Scheme visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 9549516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.  

 

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For more information contact:

Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to editors:

• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

• Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.

• Blood Bikes Wales was formed in 2012 and has an overall goal to develop and maintain its professional “out of hours” service, to help the overstretched NHS in Wales. Along with an interim “in hours” enhancement service to the NHS in Wales and other charity partners, who need the service.

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HORIZON NEWS - 07.03.2017

Energy on the Horizon for Anglesey primary schools

Horizon Nuclear Power is holding educational sessions at local primary schools to inspire young people to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The visits to primary schools on Anglesey are part of Horizon’s Futures programme, aimed at introducing the next generation to a career in the energy sector by exploring STEM subjects and the skills and opportunities they can offer.

Horizon is running the sessions with Bangor University’s Widening Access team, which aims to reach children at a young age in order to raise aspirations and open doors to higher and further education. The Futures programme has been developed in line with the curriculum and with input from teachers.  It includes a range of activities focused on the science behind low-carbon energy including nuclear.

Claire Burgess, Education Programme Co-ordinator at Horizon Nuclear Power, said:
“The children we’ve been to visit so far have been so enthusiastic about these key subjects. It’s wonderful that they’re already taking an interest in topics that could turn into opportunities for them later in life.

“Wylfa Newydd will bring plenty of job opportunities and, through our Futures programme, we’re aiming to raise awareness of local children and young people to enable them to capitalise on such opportunities.”

You can find more information about Horizon’s Futures programme, which complements the curriculum from primary years to higher education, and access educational materials at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/futures.

You can also find a link to the Electricity and You app, aimed at 7-11 year olds to get them thinking about how they use electricity at home, this is available on Apple and Android platforms.
If you’d like Horizon to visit your school or find out more about the Futures programme you can contact community@horizonnuclearpower.com or call 0800 954 9516.

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For more information contact:

Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to editors:

• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

• Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.

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HORIZON NEWS - 28.02.2017

Last chance to apply for Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd apprenticeship scheme

The deadline for applications to Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme is looming. The closing date for anyone still hoping to apply is Friday 3 March.

Now in its second year, Horizon’s scheme is looking for ambitious, future-engineers to join the company and help build and operate the future Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station. There are just a few days left to submit an application to be one of up to 12 apprentices taken on by Horizon this year.
 
The three-year scheme is designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the apprentices will initially be based at the college’s Bangor workshop. The apprentices will then move to the new Engineering Centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni Campus in the 2018/2019 academic year.
 
Gerwyn Williams, Apprenticeship Scheme Manager at Horizon, said: “We want to support the next generation of workers by offering a range of training that gives people the chance to try their hand at a range of technical disciplines. It’s an exciting course and could be the starting point of a long career with Horizon.
 
“We’ve had a great response to the scheme so far but there’s still time to apply if you’re interested in kicking off a career in the energy sector.”
 
Applicants will go through interviews and selection centres with successful candidates receiving offer letters before the end of May. Applications can be completed online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:  
Notes to editors:
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
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HORIZON NEWS - 15.02.2017

Horizon and Exelon Partner to Advance Wylfa Newydd Project

15th February 2017 Horizon Nuclear Power and Exelon Generation today announced a partnership to advance Horizon’s progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.

Exelon Generation, a leader in nuclear safety and operational excellence, operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States. This new operating partnership brings Exelon’s experience to Horizon as it grows its own expertise and capability to operate a next generation nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.

A team of four Exelon specialists, with over a century of collective experience, will work alongside Horizon’s growing team, providing expertise in engineering, maintenance, operations and training. The Exelon team will support Horizon’s Safety & Generation Director, Greg Evans, himself a veteran nuclear operator, as Horizon develops its own nuclear operating model.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon said: "We aim to make Horizon a world-leading nuclear operator and to be the best, you have to learn from the best. With its proven expertise and decades of experience, Exelon will be a vital part of our success. Alongside our own expert people, they will form a team that will ready us to successfully run Wylfa Newydd even as we continue to progress towards its construction."

“This is an exciting opportunity to share Exelon Generation’s industry-leading technical and operational experience with Horizon as they move forward with plans to build and operate a world class nuclear facility,” said Mike Pacilio, Exelon Generation Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to expanding our presence in the UK and leveraging Exelon’s proven nuclear management model and exceptional workforce to advance operational excellence around the globe.” 
 
Exelon Generation operates the largest fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants in the U.S., with 19,460 megawatts of capacity from 22 reactors at 13 facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and New Jersey. Eight of Exelon’s nuclear facilities are boiling water reactors. The Wylfa Newydd project will deploy two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors, representing the next generation of reactor technology.

Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator. The partners will be selected to help in a number of key areas including operations and maintenance, BWR experience, UK licensing expertise, and training. Working alongside key North Wales-based training providers, the partners will help ensure the transfer of global excellence in nuclear operator skills to Horizon’s growing team on Anglesey and at its Gloucester HQ.

For more information, please contact:

Ben Russell                                                          David Tillman
Horizon Nuclear Power                                        Exelon Generation
+44 (0)7580 948 106                                       +1 717 368 0969
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com          david.tillman@exeloncorp.com
 
Notes to Editors
About Horizon

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000.

For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

About Exelon
Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), is one of the largest, most efficient clean energy producers in the U.S., with a generating capacity of more than 32,500 megawatts.  Exelon Generation operates the largest U.S. fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants with 19,400 megawatts of capacity from 22 reactors at 13 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Exelon Generation also operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 16 states with more than 13,100 megawatts. Exelon Generation has an industry-leading safety record and is an active partner and economic engine in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help towns and regions grow.

Follow Exelon Generation on Twitter @ExelonGen and @ExelonNuclear, view the Exelon Generation channel on YouTube, and visit: http://www.exeloncorp.com/companies/exelon-generation

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HORIZON NEWS - 14.02.2017

Learn more about Wylfa Newydd at the next Horizon Open Surgery

Come and meet the Horizon Nuclear Power team at the next Open Surgery on Monday 20 February at Amlwch Town Hall, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm.
 
The monthly Open Surgeries, which are held in locations across Anglesey, give people the chance to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and offer the opportunity to have questions answered by a member of the Horizon team.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “This is the second Open Surgery of 2017 and our first visit to Amlwch this year.
 
“We find Open Surgeries a useful way to understand what people want to see from Wylfa Newydd and find out what they care about. For Horizon, we’re in the middle of a very exciting time with a number of local initiatives in the pipeline, one of which is our Technical Apprenticeship Scheme, so please pop in and find out more about our work in 2017.”
 
Earlier this month Horizon Nuclear Power opened applications for its second intake of technical apprentices to support the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey. The comprehensive three-year scheme has been designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives ambitious, engineering-minded students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and qualifications.
 
Applications to the Horizon Nuclear Power Technical Apprenticeship Scheme remain open until 3 March 2017. The second intake of up to 12 apprentices is part of Horizon’s commitment to put in place a skilled local workforce to help build and operate the future nuclear power station.
 
If you can’t call in to meet the team at Amlwch, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – on 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com  
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
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HORIZON NEWS - 10.02.2017

Horizon announces new Board of Directors appointments

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced two new appointments to the Board of Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd. William Doig, Power & Energy Consultant, Grove Consulting and Dr Ken Petrunik, former Advisor to the CEO of Nuclear Power, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, will join the Board as independent non-executive directors effective from the 1st March.

These appointments further strengthen the nuclear credentials of the Board as Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd prepares to apply for a nuclear site licence for the construction and operation of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, on Anglesey, North Wales. 

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power, said, “I am delighted that two globally respected figures like Ken Petrunik and Bill Doig have agreed to take up these posts with Horizon. They bring a vast amount of experience in nuclear development, construction, operations, and project management to further strengthen our team as we progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.”

Ken Petrunik said, “Having worked across the world on nuclear projects, the UK is one of the best places to be right now for new build and it’s a great honour to get involved with the Horizon project. All the building blocks are there for Horizon to be a real success and I look forward to working with them as they move into the next phase of their growth and development.”

Bill Doig said, “Horizon represents the next generation of nuclear operations in the UK, and having run the current fleet of reactors, it is an exciting prospect for me to be able to help them as they progress. The leadership and workforce at Horizon have what it takes to make Wylfa Newydd a world class nuclear facility and it will be a fascinating project to be part of.”

The Site Licence Company will be the corporate body and legal entity responsible for the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Board, as the ultimate decision-making authority in the company, will be responsible for overall governance; ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements are met; setting the strategic aims; and managing risks and operational performance against company objectives. It is ultimately accountable for all safety, security and environmental related activities and decisions that may affect the site.

 
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For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
A Nuclear Site Licence is a licence granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 for the installation and operation of a nuclear reactor and will cover the full life cycle from construction to operation and through to decommissioning.  A standard set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence that requires Site Licence Companies to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance. Prior to a Nuclear Site Licence being granted a Site Licence Company has to demonstrate it is a suitable legal entity that is able to discharge its regulatory obligations.
 
Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd is a Horizon group company and separate legal entity that will submit the Site Licence Application to the ONR for a Nuclear Site Licence. The Wylfa Board sits beneath the main Horizon Nuclear Power Board and is responsible for Wylfa Newydd, enabling it to fulfil the duties of a Site Licence Company. The main Horizon Nuclear Power Board represents the wider Horizon group and Shareholder(s) interests.
 
Dr Ken Petrunik
Dr. Ken Petrunik is currently a consultant in nuclear power and project management. He retired from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in January 2015 as Advisor to the CEO – Nuclear Power.  From 2009 to 2014, Ken was Chief Programme Officer leading ENEC contracting and oversight of KEPCO for the delivery of four APR 1400 nuclear power plants.
 
Prior to this, Ken was with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) for 35 years where he his final role was President of the CANDU Reactor Division. There he led the construction and project management of CANDU 6 nuclear power stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China on time and on budget. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an esteemed group of less than 300 other Canadians elected based on their distinguished service and contribution.
 
Ken has been a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association. He received a leadership award from the Canadian Nuclear Association for the successful completion of Qinshan in China, and the K. Y. Lo medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for contribution to international engineering.
 
 
Bill Doig
In a career spanning 50 years, Bill’s past experience also includes, Director of Special Projects at NNC Limited, Generation Director at British Energy (Generation) UK Limited and Station Director at Torness Power Station for Scottish Nuclear/British Energy.
 
Prior to this he was Director, Nuclear Business Development at Doosan Babcock for 8 years. There he was responsible for the development and on-going support the UK Nuclear Fleet of AGR/PWR stations in an operational capacity, as well as supporting the decommissioning programme for the Magnox Fleet. As the Nuclear New Build Programme was developed, he assisted in the corporate engagement with potential owners and constructors of these new plants.
 
Bill is currently a Power and Energy Consultant at Grove Consulting. In this capacity has supported a number of clients, including a role as Director of Projects (Scotland) for an Energy from Waste (EfW) Company where they were constructing new plants and developing Waste Recovery programmes, and advising a Legal Company in the development of their business in the Energy Market customer base.
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