News Archive 2016

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Horizon Nuclear Power has donated £900 to the J E O’Toole Centre to support the organisation’s annual Christmas party for local senior citizens.

Organised by the J E O’Toole Centre, which provides welfare advice and support to people on Anglesey, the annual Christmas party gave around 150 pensioners the chance to enjoy a full Christmas meal – with all the trimmings – the opportunity to get into the seasonal mood without having to worry about the cost.

As well as enjoying a hearty Christmas dinner, the guests enjoyed a sing-a-long and were waited on by Holyhead High School Catering students, who also helped prepare vegetables, dress the tables, and bring some festive goodwill to the event.

Pupils from local primary and secondary schools performed extracts from their Christmas productions to entertain the party-goers.
Daron Hodges, Wylfa Newydd Site Manager at Horizon said, “We love a good Christmas get-together and were delighted to have been able to support J E O’Toole Centre stage the party this year. Events like this are vital in the community and it’s brilliant that Horizon can play a role in giving people the chance to celebrate Christmas together, as that’s something many of us take for granted at this time of year.“

Christine Thompson at J E O’Toole Centre said, “We’d like to thank Horizon for their generous donation, without help from local businesses we wouldn’t be able to make events like this happen. I know all the pensioners appreciate it, and everyone had a great time. I’d also like to thank Holyhead High School for their support, without their help the party wouldn’t have been possible.

“The annual Christmas party is a popular event with the pensioners and gives them the chance to enjoy a sing-a-long and games with friends. The event also provides an opportunity for our staff to introduce themselves to people and inform them of the services the J E O’Toole Centre offer.”

The J E O’Toole Centre received the donation after applying to Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme, which provides funding support to local charities, projects and groups.

In the past year Horizon has donated over £100,000 through the scheme and is always looking for good causes to help.
More about Horizon’s community support, and how to apply for funding, can be found at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

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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.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its final Open Surgery of 2016 on Monday 19 December at The Bull Hotel, Llangefni from 2.30pm – 6.30pm.

The December Open Surgery will give local people the opportunity to meet the Wylfa Newydd team, and find out about the Project.  The monthly drop-in event is open to anyone and there’s no need to make an appointment.  
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve had another busy and exciting year. In 2016 we completed our second stage of formal consultation, welcomed our first intake of apprentices, created a fantastic 3D Wylfa Newydd rollercoaster game for this year’s, and supported local organisations with over £100,000 in donations.
 
"2017 will be even busier, so please call in to find out more about the Project and enjoy a mince pie with us in the run up to Christmas."
 
Horizon’s Open Surgeries will restart in January 2017, details of these can be found online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-have-your-say.
 
For more information or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, call freephone 0800 954 9516, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, or visit www.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.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today released a film showing the work it has been conducting offshore as part of its planning for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.

The studies – carried out at Porth-y-pistyll close to Cemlyn Bay – are vital in helping Horizon understand the geological conditions of the seabed in the area. The results will allow the company to develop its final proposals for the cooling water intake structure, a Marine Offloading Facility (MOLF) and a new breakwater.

Making use of drone footage gathered by North Wales aerial filming specialists Clwydian Films, the film explains how the work is carried out in challenging offshore conditions and how the company captures and uses the information gathered.  The studies were carried out with support from site characterisation specialists Fugro and the geotechnical team from engineering consultant Atkins.

Charlie Tasker, Head of Construction at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “While we’ll be submitting an application to the Government to build Wylfa Newydd next year, there’s still plenty of work to be done on site to prepare the way for construction.

“This year’s detailed offshore ground investigation work was one of 2016’s major milestones and we wanted to show people what’s involved and why it’s important.

“We’re hoping that the film encourages people of all ages to take a closer look at our work, and maybe get inspired about Horizon as a future career option.”

To watch Horizon’s latest video visit its YouTube channel or www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-site-works

For more information or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, call freephone 0800 954 9516 or email 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.

The Cemaes-based early-years nursery opens its new classroom facility today following donations from businesses across Anglesey, including £5,000 from Horizon Nuclear Power.

Originally based in an empty classroom at Cemaes Bay Primary School, Cylch Meithrin Cemaes provides early years education and care through the medium of Welsh for children between two and four years of age to prepare them for primary school.

The Cylch aims to promote social, intellectual and physical development through play and structured activity and has become an important education facility for toddlers on Anglesey and across Wales.

Earlier this year, increased numbers at Cemaes Bay Primary School meant the Cylch took the decision to move premises and looked to the local community for support and funding to do so. A range of local businesses stepped up to help, including Isle of Anglesey County Council, Magnox and Horizon Nuclear Power, which provided £5,000 to help the Cylch complete its new, bespoke classroom facility.

Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales at Horizon, said: “Cylch Meithrin Cemaes plays a vital role in the local community for children at the beginning of their education. Learning through play gives toddlers a real head start in life, with teaching via the medium of Welsh supporting the continuation of the language to the next generation.

“We’re delighted to have been able to support what’s been a complex project with lots of challenges to overcome, and it’s great to see so much enthusiasm. We wish the Cylch all the very best!”

Cylch Meithrin Cemaes’ Leader, Sarah Thomas, said: “Cylch Meithrin Cemaes is proud to be able to officially open its new cabin, which will be its home for many years to come. The project was brought to fruition by the hard work of members of the community as well as donations and grants from various companies, funds and establishments.

“Horizon’s grant of £5,000 was welcomed with heady excitement and allowed us to complete the project to the highest quality. On behalf of the families, the children - present and future – and all our staff and committee members, we’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone that’s supported us.”

For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, 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.

 

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next community drop-in event on Monday 21 November at Cemaes Village Hall, from 1pm – 7pm.


Horizon’s Open Surgeries are now restarting following the second phase of community consultation on plans for Wylfa Newydd. The Surgeries are held each month at a different location on Anglesey and give people the chance to meet the Wylfa Newydd team, and ask questions about the Project. Anyone can attend and you don’t need to book an appointment.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “Even though our latest stage of consultation on the Project as a whole closed in October, it’s still really important people have the opportunity to come and talk to us about our plans for Wylfa Newydd.
 
“We’ve shared a lot of information on the Project recently with local people, particularly about our plans to start preparing and clearing the site ready for construction. This is the first major phase of our project, so this event in Cemaes is another opportunity for local people to ask us questions about it. We look forward to seeing people there.”
 
Dates for Horizon’s upcoming Open Surgeries can be found online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-have-your-say.
 
For more information or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, call freephone 0800 954 9516 or email 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

Hundreds of people from across Anglesey and North Wales have taken part in the latest consultation on the Wylfa Newydd Project, offering views and opinions which will help Horizon finalise its new nuclear plans.

Running from August 31 to October 25, this was Horizon’s second and final stage of consultation on the Project as a whole. Local people were sent information by post, invited to view plans, leave feedback online, read through copies of documents displayed in key locations across the region and attend public exhibitions and drop-in events to discuss the proposals with Horizon’s team.

Horizon asked people for their views on the proposals for the Project as a whole and on a number of specific subjects. These included temporary accommodation for construction workers, strategies for creating jobs and developing skills, plans for off-site facilities and its approach to safeguarding and championing the Welsh Language.

Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to thank everybody who has taken the time to find out more about what we’re proposing and tell us what they think. All the feedback will be carefully considered by the Horizon team as we finalise our plans. Even though this formal consultation is now complete we’ll keep on listening to the views of local people to make sure we find the best way to deliver the opportunities and benefits that local people want.”

The feedback gathered from individuals and organisations during the consultation will now be analysed in detail by the Horizon team as it prepares to submit its planning application – known as a Development Consent Order – next year. Consultation will continue on specific aspects of the Project throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017 as Horizon finalises proposals for specific ‘Associated Developments’ which require local authority planning permission.

For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, 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

We welcome the response from Isle of Anglesey County Council and appreciate the effort that has gone into providing important feedback on a complex project.

As the Council acknowledges; there are many areas of common ground and significant progress is being made but there’s still work to do as we finalise our plans. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the Council over the coming months.

It’s important to note the local worker numbers we’ve published are an early baseline and not a target. We fully anticipate Horizon’s investment and our targeted initiatives with bodies such as Isle of Anglesey County Council, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and Welsh Government will see this figure increase. There’s no reason why, over time, we can’t replicate the success of  the Wylfa A (Magnox) Power station, where more than 80 per cent of the workforce were local  people. This benefits everyone and is all part of our 100 year commitment to creating opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local people.
 

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first-ever intake of apprentices have now started as the company looks to develop local talent to support Wales’ most significant energy project in a generation.


The 10-strong team of apprentices, including eight Welsh speakers, have all been recruited from the local area and will be based at a new Horizon-funded workshop at Coleg Menai’s Bangor campus. Forming part of the wider Horizon team, they’ll spend the next four years getting to grips with what it means to work on a nuclear new build project.

In the first year they’ll work towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with a basic skills and knowledge introduction to the Nuclear Industry, before moving on to a BTEC Level 3 in the second year. Year three will broaden their practical experience further with specific and extensive on-the-job learning experience and qualifications chosen to match their specific technical route.

Greg Evans, Safety and Generation Director at Horizon, said: “We’re very proud of our first intake of apprentices, the first of around 700 apprenticeships that will have been created by the time Wylfa Newydd begins operating.

“For us, this builds on the local people and companies already working on site and shows that Wylfa Newydd will unlock long term career opportunities as Horizon adapts to the construction and development requirements that lie ahead. While this is only our first intake, we’re serious about providing the investment and training necessary for local people to make the most of the opportunities we’ll create. Given the success of this programme, we’ll be opening applications for our next intake of apprentices in the coming months.”

The apprentices join five new Horizon graduates who are working across the Wylfa Newydd site office and at the company’s Gloucester Head Office. They’ll also be among the first to make use of Coleg Menai’s proposed new Engineering Centre in Llangefni, which recently received a £1m funding boost from Horizon. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Chief Executive, Dafydd Evans, said: “Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is delighted to be providing training for Horizon Nuclear Power’s apprentices.

“This is an example of how Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is working with companies such as Horizon to ensure that there are real opportunities for our local young people within the Ynys Ynni project.

“Coleg Menai is leading the Grŵp’s work on energy developments, and to support this it is currently consulting on plans to develop a new engineering centre on the campus in Llangefni.

“We are firmly committed to helping local people to gain the education, skills and experience that will allow them to gain skilled employment locally.”

Tomos Lewis, one of the new Horizon apprentices, said: “The support we’ve received so far has been great and the new workshop gives us the space and equipment to be able to develop our engineering and construction knowledge. It’s a tough course we’ve been set, but we have direct access to Horizon’s expertise and understanding, as well as encouragement and training from Coleg Menai, so we’ve got the best possible start to our careers.”

For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, 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.

A Business Readiness Programme designed to help businesses in North Wales prepare for the opportunities offered by Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear new build has just been launched and will run until the end of March 2017.

Developed in partnership between the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme (IACC), Welsh Government and Horizon Nuclear Power – and jointly funded by the latter two and fully supported by IACC officers - the Business Readiness Programme is aimed at helping local companies develop the specialised skillsets they will need in order to key into the nuclear industry’s supply chain. The partnership project team also comprises the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and all parties will help to drive and deliver the Programme.

The Programme comprises several training sessions which will take place across the North Wales region over the months ahead and will be targeted specifically at companies in North Wales that supply precision engineering, equipment manufacturing and fabrication & maintenance services. 

Key areas covered by the training include providing knowledge on: manufacturing in a nuclear context; the quality standards and competencies expected; how to get ready to tender and compete effectively for nuclear manufacturing contracts; nuclear safety culture; supply chain collaborative working and more.

Welcoming the Programme’s launch, Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader and Energy Island Portfolio Holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams said:

“The proposed Wylfa Newydd Project presents a wide range of transformational supply chain opportunities for businesses on Anglesey and beyond.  We’re committed to ensuring local companies are given every chance to compete for a share of the work that Wylfa Newydd will provide.  It is vital for our region’s economy that businesses are ready to capitalise upon this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and can access the specialist nuclear sector. The Business Readiness Programme has been designed to achieve exactly that.  It is another example of how collaborative Partnership co-working to support local businesses is helping us deliver Energy Island’s potential.’ 

Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates said:  ‘Wylfa Newydd represents a once in a generation investment that can be a catalyst for the delivery of far reaching prosperity benefits. I am therefore very pleased that a programme has been developed to enable more companies from across North Wales to access relevant information and become better informed about the opportunities available in the nuclear supply chain.

“I would urge companies that have an interest in the sector and are yet to engage to get in touch with the project team through the Business Wales website to find out how they might benefit from the investment which is a hugely important project for the North Wales economy.’    

Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales, Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “We are pleased to be part of this collaborative initiative.  We want to encourage business to attend and consider how they might become part of the Wylfa Newydd project supply chain during the construction, operation and maintenance of the station, plus explore additional opportunities in the international nuclear sector to grow high quality, long term jobs and boosting the region’s economy. 

“If your company has yet to find out what the nuclear sector has to offer get in touch today; this free training could be your first step towards future opportunities.”

Further details on the Business Readiness Programme sessions can be accessed via Business Wales’s website https://wales.business-events.org.uk or by contacting Cheryl Whitaker, Nuclear Business Development Manager, Welsh Government on 03000 625418 or 07769 883238.

“New nuclear is vital for the UK’s future electricity mix and so today’s announcement on Hinkley Point C is good news for the country’s security of supply and clean energy needs.

"The emphasis must now be on delivering the Government’s vision of a wider nuclear programme in the UK and we remain focused on  continuing to make strong progress with our lead Wylfa Newydd project. This includes clearing our tried and tested reactor technology for deployment in the UK, consulting across North Wales on our plans and the huge economic opportunities they will deliver, and working with Government on a deal that delivers at a fair and acceptable price for all.”

The Wylfa Newydd power station will create generations of high quality employment for local, Welsh-speaking people.

If you look at the existing Wylfa station you’ll see Welsh speakers, doing high quality jobs.  If you look at the existing Horizon offices, you’ll see Welsh speaking people doing high quality jobs, and this Autumn they’re joined by Welsh speaking apprentices embarking on high quality careers.  We support the Welsh language because we want to, not just because we need to. 
 
This week, frankly, we’ve made a bit of a mess of communicating this by not properly explaining some amendments we asked for to draft local planning guidance.  We’re sorry if this has given the wrong impression about our commitment.  Put simply, we were worried that wording in the draft guidance could have led to Wylfa Newydd being unable to go ahead if there was any impact on Welsh language, in any area, for even a short time, regardless of the undoubted long term benefit.   We’ll do a better job of making this clearer as we look to resolve this issue.
 
We can’t claim there won’t be any impacts to manage during the build phase because every big construction project the world over needs to bring in some people from outside.  This is why we’re working hard, not just on our long term plans to foster the language, but on ways of dealing with any temporary impacts.   We make no secret of this, we’re honest about it – in fact please come to our consultation events this month and next where you can pick up updated plans, and talk to our teams (in English or Welsh) about language issues, and all other aspects of the Wylfa Newydd project.
 
Duncan Hawthorne
CEO, Horizon Nuclear Power
 
For more information about Wylfa Newydd, 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 – 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.
  • The consultation material can be viewed on the Horizon website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation from Wednesday 31 August. Consultation will close on Tuesday 25 October.
  • People can attend one of the drop-in sessions in the consultation cabin at the Douglas Inn car park in Tregele. These will be held on the 14, 20, 21, and 23 September and 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 October between 11am and 2pm.
  • Horizon will also be holding pop-up events will take place at the following locations between 12pm and 2pm:
     
    • Thursday 15 September: Caffi Siop Mechell, Llanfechell
    • Monday 26 September: Holyhead Leisure Centre, Kingsland, Holyhead
    • Wednesday 28 September: Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor
    • Thursday 6 October: Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Penrallt, Llangefni.
 
 

People across North Wales are being asked to give their views on the latest proposals for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project.

The second stage of consultation on the proposed plant on the north coast of Anglesey starts today, 31 August, and finishes on 25 October. This is the last major scheduled consultation before Horizon Nuclear Power submits its application for a Development Consent Order in 2017.  It gives people the chance to have their say on updated plans for the Wylfa Newydd Project and its supporting infrastructure before the proposals are finalised.

Local people will be able to visit 15 public exhibitions at various locations across Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy to see the plans and provide their feedback. They will also have the opportunity to attend ten weekday ‘drop-in’ sessions at the “consultation cabin”, located at the Douglas Inn car park in Tregele, where they can discuss the proposals with members of the Horizon team. For those who can’t attend any of the events all the consultation documents are available on Horizon’s dedicated consultation website, www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation along with opportunities to comment.

Horizon is looking for feedback about the Project as a whole, but also on a number of specific subjects, including temporary accommodation for construction workers, strategies for creating jobs and developing skills, plans for a park and ride facility and the approach to safeguarding and championing the Welsh Language.

Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive, said: “Building a new nuclear power station requires a huge number of technical approvals and consents, but it also requires a social licence to operate. I believe Wylfa Newydd has the potential to change lives for the better across Anglesey and bring major investment and opportunities for communities and individuals in North Wales and beyond – which is why we want to hear what people think of our revised proposals.

“By taking part in our second stage of consultation, you can view our latest plans and help to shape the future of Wylfa Newydd. This is an exciting step for the Project, and the team and I look forward to meeting you at our exhibition events.”

A wide range of information about Horizon’s proposals will be on display at a series of public exhibitions. The dates, venues and times for these events are:

Public exhibitions
Tuesday 6 September 1pm – 7pm Wylfa Sports & Social Club, Cemaes Bay
Wednesday 7 September 1pm - 7pm Cemaes Village Hall, Cemaes
Friday 9 September 1pm - 7pm Douglas Inn car park, Tregele
Saturday 10 September 10am - 1pm Amlwch Memorial Hall, Amlwch
Tuesday 13 September 1pm - 7pm Llanfachraeth Village Hall, Llanfachraeth
Friday 16 September 1pm - 7pm Griffith Reade Coffee House, Holyhead
Saturday 17 September 10am - 1pm Llangefni Town Hall, Llangefni
Monday 26 September 1pm - 7pm Rhosybol Community Centre, Rhosybol
Tuesday 27 September 1pm - 7pm Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
Thursday 29 September 1pm - 7pm Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
Saturday 1 October 10am - 1pm Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog
Monday 3 October 1pm - 7pm The Valley Anglesey, Valley
Saturday 8 October 10am - 1pm Penrhyn Hall, Bangor
Monday 10 October 1pm - 7pm Thomas Telford Community Centre, Menai Bridge
Thursday 13 October 1pm - 7pm St Mary's Church, Conwy

























For more information about Horizon’s plans to build Wylfa Newydd and its upcoming consultation, visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.

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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.

• The consultation material can be viewed on the Horizon website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation from Wednesday 31 August. Consultation will close on Tuesday 25 October.

• People can attend one of the drop-in sessions in the consultation cabin at the Douglas Inn car park in Tregele. These will be held on the 14, 20, 21, and 23 September and 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 October between 11am and 2pm.

• Horizon will also be holding ‘pop-up’ events for people wanting to ask Horizon questions about the Project. These will take place following locations between 12pm and 2pm:

o Thursday 15 September: Caffi Siop Mechell, Llanfechell
o Monday 26 September: Holyhead Leisure Centre, Kingsland, Holyhead
o Wednesday 28 September: Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor
o Thursday 6 October: Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Penrallt, Llangefni.

 

Horizon Nuclear Power is celebrating its latest milestone in the Wylfa Newydd Project, following completion of its £1.4 million site office extension.

Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader, Ieuan Williams, today (Thursday 25 August) officially opened Horizon’s new-look site office, which has been designed to accommodate the rapidly growing Wylfa Newydd team.

The investment has tripled the size of Horizon’s Anglesey base and provided much needed space to accommodate the increasing local workforce. The office now includes desk space, meeting rooms, welfare and conference facilities for over 100 site-based Horizon employees - along with IT infrastructure, furniture and rooms for induction and training of the 100 plus contractors working at site every day.

The opening event was attended by guests from across Anglesey, who received a tour of the new office, an overview of the progress made to date and an explanation of future plans for the site.

Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director for Horizon commented: “The completion of the Wylfa Newydd site office is another important step forwards for us. It’s the heart of our activity on Anglesey and having a modern, fit for purpose space for our growing team is essential. It also means we’re well-prepared for the continued growth of the Horizon team, and it gives us space to train and induct the many people we now have working across the Wylfa Newydd project on our behalf.

Anglesey County Council Leader, Councillor Ieuan Williams said: “I’m glad to see the new office completed, enabling the team to improve and develop the growing workforce on site. The new site office is one of many key milestones the project will encounter, and I’m pleased to see one of Wales’ major projects taking a positive step forward. ”
“Our office will be particularly busy over the coming weeks as we launch our second stage of pre-application consultation on 31 August” added Horizon’s Head of Strategic Development Wales, Sasha Davies. “The completion of our new facility is well timed to coincide with this next important phase in our Project.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans to build Wylfa Newydd, including its upcoming consultation, visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.

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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.

• Horizon’s next stage of community consultation launches on 31st August and runs until 25 October. More information on the consultation, including event dates and locations can found at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today (11 August) announced a £2,000 sponsorship for Anglesey’s ever-popular Menai Seafood Festival.

The free-to-enter Menai Seafood Festival, which takes place on Saturday 20 August in Menai Bridge, is a celebration of Anglesey’s coastal heritage and the abundance of local seafood available from around the island. The show features cooking demonstrations, a produce market and entertainment for young and old alike – along with plenty to eat. It is a key food festival in the North Wales food events calendar.

First held in August 2013, the Menai Seafood Festival was set up by a group of Menai Bridge residents and businesses to promote the local fishing industry. Since then the Seafood Festival has gone from strength to strength and regularly attracts over 10,000 visitors.

Horizon’s sponsorship will support the Menai Seafood Festival for another year and members of the Horizon team will be there to highlight the company’s upcoming consultation on latest proposals for Wylfa Newydd, which launches on Wednesday 31 August.

Greg Evans, Horizon’s Safety and Generation Director, said: “The Menai Seafood Festival is a big deal in Anglesey’s culinary calendar and a celebration of the off-shore seafood bounty available here and island life itself. We’re delighted to support the Seafood Festival and recognise how important it is to the local community and businesses across Anglesey. We’ll also be attending this year to answer questions about Wylfa Newydd and our upcoming public consultation, so please drop by to meet the team.”

David Evans, Chair of the Menai Seafood Festival Committee, said: 'We are really grateful to Horizon for its contribution and support. Wylfa Newydd is a significant development here on Anglesey, and it's very encouraging to see that Horizon is giving something back to the local community.'
 
'As a not-for-profit community event, we rely fully on sponsorship and donations to cover our costs and make sure that the Festival can carry on year after year. Without the generosity of our sponsors and a fantastic team of volunteers, we couldn't hold the event.'

Horizon’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme provides funding support to local charities, projects and groups. The proposed power station developer gave away more than £100,000 in funding last year, benefitting around 60 good causes. More about Horizon’s community support, and how to apply for funding, can be found at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support

For more information about Horizon’s plans to build Wylfa Newydd, including its upcoming consultation, visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.

Local people can also meet the Horizon team at its next Open Surgery on Monday 15 August at Cemaes Village Hall.  The team will be on hand between 1pm and 7pm.
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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.
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the provision of £1m of funding for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

The funding will help to facilitate the design, construction and associated infrastructure of a brand new purpose-built, state of the art Engineering Centre adjacent to the existing Energy Centre at its Llangefni Campus on Anglesey.

The announcement follows a pledge of £5m towards a £10m ’Engineering Centre of Excellence’ at Coleg Menai by the Welsh Government in 2015. This will see the Coleg being developed to support the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme and its key priority of developing a robust local skills base to capitalise on employment opportunities afforded by Wylfa Newydd.

Horizon will also provide technical support and advice to Coleg Menai, as the facility will cater for the technical training of Horizon’s apprentices. Initially Horizon’s first cohort of apprentices who join the company this September, will start their technical training at existing facilities in Coleg Menai’s Bangor Campus, and will relocate to Llangefni once the new facility is complete.
  
Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive Officer said: “I’m delighted to announce this landmark funding provision to Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The construction of this state of the art facility in Llangefni will be central to our training provision for local people, giving them the world class skills that we’ll need. This announcement underlines our commitment to develop local opportunities for the Wylfa Newydd project, and is the first of many initiatives that will follow as our plans develop over the coming months and years.”

The investment builds on a long-standing relationship between Horizon and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, which has seen the facilitation of a Heavy Plant Training Centre, upskilling of the Grŵp’s staff in nuclear matters, significant funding for the Cwmni Prentis Menai apprenticeship scheme over a number of years and recently Horizon’s own apprenticeship scheme.

In collaboration with the Welsh Government, the Energy Island Programme and the wider Grŵp, Horizon’s contribution will ensure that young people across north Wales will have the opportunity to train in a state of the art environment enabling them to prepare for a career at Wylfa Newydd with Horizon.

\\\\\\\"We warmly welcome Horizon\\\\\\\'s generous investment in our new resources\\\\\\\" said Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Chief Executive, Glyn Jones. \\\\\\\"We  are working closely with Horizon Nuclear Power and other partners to try to ensure that as many local people as possible gain the world-class skills required to work at Wylfa Newydd. The investment supports this ongoing work and is a huge vote of confidence by Horizon in our work we are doing.\\\\\\\"

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said: “I welcome Horizon’s investment in the new engineering centre at Coleg Menai, and look forward to the College working closely with Horizon to develop facilities capable of delivering high quality training to local people on Anglesey.”

Horizon has been steadily making progress in engaging with the education sector during the last two years in particular, promoting interest in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in schools across Anglesey and Gwynedd.

“In addition to the launch of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve also launched Horizon’s Graduate Scheme which has already successfully attracted candidates from North Wales” said Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development for Horizon. “Our relationship with Bangor University continues to grow, and we very much see our overall engagement at all levels of the education sector as essential for ensuring we can make the most of our local talent, and grow our future workforce locally.”

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For more information contact:

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

Notes to editors on Horizon:

• 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.

 

 

Visitors to the Horizon tent at this year’s Anglesey Show can take a thrilling virtual reality rollercoaster ride around the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station as part of a new game being unveiled for the first time.

The virtual reality ride also gives players the chance to compete against each other and collect prize tokens as the rollercoaster whirls them around a realistic 3D rendering of the power station.

The Horizon team will be on hand again at stand B1 – adjacent to the main show jumping ring – and will showcase a range of interactive activities, games and giveaways for the whole family. This includes construction and science challenges, while Oscar the Robot will be joining the Horizon team again to meet and greet visitors.

In addition to the fun activities on offer, Horizon will also be able to answer questions about the Wylfa Newydd Project, including a look ahead to its second phase of pre-application consultation which takes place between 31 August and 25 October. This second formal stage of consultation gives local people another opportunity to view Horizon’s latest proposals – and have their say on what matters most to them.

Greg Evans, Safety and Generation Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “It’s been another big year for Horizon as our Project continues to gather pace. We’ve created more local jobs - including 10 apprentices joining us in September - are expanding our office on the island and continue to ensure local firms have opportunities to work with us.

“We always look forward to supporting the Anglesey Show each year because it’s our chance to show how much progress we’re making on the Project through a range of fun activities. What better way to learn about a new power station for Anglesey than by taking a virtual reality rollercoaster tour of it.”

This is the seventh year that Horizon has had a presence at the Anglesey Show and it’s now part way through a three-year sponsorship agreement worth £15,000. This Horizon financial support is designed to help Anglesey Agricultural Society improve its facilities at the Anglesey Showground, Gwalchmai, as well supporting other community and agricultural events held by the Society across the island.

For more information about Horizon’s plans to build Wylfa Newydd, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

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For more information contact:

Claire Loveday – on 07717 300379 or Claire.Loveday@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.

 

 

A group of year 11 and 12 school students from Anglesey were given a taste of working life at Wylfa Newydd last week as part of Horizon’s first Work Insight Week.

Held at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni, the programme gave students exclusive access to Horizon team members, who provided them with a series of activities covering everything from how to build a generator to interview tips and techniques. They also took part in a site visit to find out more about the future of energy generation on Anglesey and the significant opportunities Wylfa Newydd will create.

Claire Burgess, Horizon’s Education Programme Co-ordinator, said: “The Wylfa Newydd Project is incredibly varied and we’ll need a range of skilled people to help us plan for, engineer, build and operate the proposed power station. It’s our role to help people understand the opportunities it will bring and events such as our Work Insight Week help local young people to get under the skin of the Project. We were thrilled with how impressive the students were throughout the week, they threw themselves into the challenges and tasks we set them and I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”

As well as helping the students understand the Project more fully, the week also helped the pupils build confidence, giving them the opportunity to hone their presentation skills and work together in teams to solve problems.

Luke Williams, who joins Horizon in September as an apprentice, said: “Events like Work Insight Week explore the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring. They bring the Project to life and get people excited about the wider energy industry - which has huge potential for people like me across Anglesey and North Wales. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with future school students. I’d always encourage young people to get involved when opportunities like this come up.”

For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, 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:

Claire Loveday – on 07717 300379 or Claire.loveday@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

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated more than £4,000 to Môn Search and Rescue, enabling volunteer members to gain essential training to help save lives across Anglesey.

Môn Search and Rescue received the donation after applying to Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme, which provides funding support to local charities, projects and groups.

Horizon gave away more than £100,000 in funding last year, benefitting around 60 good causes.

Historically, teams from Snowdonia – and sometimes further afield – have been used to help with searches, because Anglesey didn’t have its own specialist response team. Founded in 2015, Môn Search and Rescue gives Anglesey a vital lowland emergency service that’s dedicated to serving the island. The team can now support the existing search and rescue services working on Anglesey and the mainland – including the police, coastguard and mountain rescue teams – by providing specialist land based search volunteers.

There are currently 12 members of the team but the voluntary organisation hopes to more than double in size, so they can run a comprehensive 24-hour service to Anglesey. The current volunteers will all benefit from the Horizon funding, as they will be undertaking specialist training courses that will, in turn, enable them to train new recruits.

Kate Walker-Springett, from Môn Search and Rescue, said: “We’re thrilled to have received this funding from Horizon and can’t thank them enough for their support. Our voluntary organisation has only been running for a matter of months and already we’ve recruited 12 dedicated volunteers, so this funding will help us to train future recruits ourselves. We hope to be operational in 2017.

“Our organisation will provide the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and police with much needed support on the island, with volunteers who are equipped and trained to tackle lowland rescues, such as missing people or those at risk of harm.”

Helen Grundy, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Horizon Nuclear Power, added: “As a team working to save lives and find missing people, we’re really pleased to offer Môn Search and Rescue Horizon’s support. Their new emergency service will ease pressure on other nearby search and rescue teams as the team will be Anglesey based. We wish them the best of luck in training and taking on valuable new recruits.”

Môn Search and Rescue is looking for more volunteers to join its team and fill a wide range of roles, including support roles. Those interested in gaining new qualifications, meeting new people and volunteering, can visit Môn Search and Rescue’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/monsearchandrescue for more details on how to apply.

In the last year, Horizon has supported a wide range of local organisations, including Siop Mechell, 1st Menai Bridge Scout Group, Federation of Eryri Young Farmers Clubs, Benllech Community and ex Servicemen\\\'s Hall, Gwelfor Community Centre, Anglesey Guides Centre, Anglesey Foodbank, British Trust for Ornithology and the Iorwerth Arms.

More about Horizon’s community support, and how to apply for funding, can be found at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support

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For more information, please 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power will launch its second stage of public consultation for its proposed power station on Anglesey, Wylfa Newydd, in late August.


The consultation will take place between 31 August and 25 October, giving local people the opportunity to view its refined proposals and have their say on what matters to them.
 
The consultation is a significant milestone for the project and follows continued recent progress which has seen the appointment of Duncan Hawthorne as CEO and the formation of a delivery team – Menter Newydd.
 
The Project to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey will provide power to around five million homes and help bridge the UK’s energy gap.
 
Carl Devlin, Programme Director at Horizon, said: “We have listened to and reviewed carefully all the feedback we have received to date and taken this feedback into consideration whilst updating and developing our latest proposals. This is the last scheduled consultation on the Project as a whole before we submit our application for a Development Consent Order in 2017, so it’s really important that people have their say on what matters to them.
 
“We’re committed to delivering a wide range of opportunities on Anglesey as part of our Wylfa Newydd Project, from education, training and employment, to contracts for local businesses and support for Welsh language, culture and community initiatives. We’ll be sharing more details during our consultation, which continues on from the work we’ve already been doing locally.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
 

North Wales residents will soon have the chance to see the latest plans for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, when a second phase of pre-application consultation launches in late August.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s second formal stage of consultation will take place between 31 August and 25 October, giving people the opportunity to view its refined proposals and have their say on what matters to them.
 
A wide range of information about Horizon’s proposals will be on display at a series of public exhibitions across Anglesey and North Wales, where members of the team will be on hand to discuss the Project and answer any questions. Advertisements containing the dates and locations of all the events will be appearing in local media from Wednesday 27 July.
 
The Project to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey will bring significant investment to the island and the wider North Wales region, and help to secure its long-term economic future. As well as developing Wylfa Newydd, Horizon needs other facilities on Anglesey to ensure it can build and operate the power station safely and efficiently.
 
Carl Devlin, Programme Director at Horizon, said: “We’ve listened to and reviewed carefully all the feedback we have received to date and taken this feedback into consideration whilst updating and developing our latest proposals. This is the last scheduled consultation on the Project as a whole before we submit our application for a Development Consent Order in 2017, so it’s really important that people have their say on what matters to them.
 
“We’re committed to delivering a wide range of opportunities on Anglesey as part of our Wylfa Newydd Project, from education, training and employment, to contracts for local businesses and support for Welsh language, culture and community initiatives. We’ll be sharing more details during our upcoming consultation, which continues on from the work we’ve already been doing locally.”
 
Horizon’s team will again be on hand at this year’s Anglesey Show between 9-10 August, where more information on the consultation will also be available. The Horizon marquee will be located at stand B1.
 
More information on the consultation will be available on Horizon’s website from 31 August at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation
 

Horizon’s first cohort of apprentices – representing the next generation of the UK’s nuclear power industry on Anglesey – have visited the Wylfa Newydd site for the first time.


The group, who begin their careers with Horizon in September, along with their parents were invited to Wylfa Newydd to meet their new colleagues and find out more about the exciting training programme they will undertake.

The apprentices were met by Horizon’s Safety and Generation Director, Greg Evans, who congratulated them all on being chosen as Horizon’s first apprentices, saying: “You’re about to join one of the largest and most exciting energy projects in Europe. You have a bright future ahead of you and I urge you all to make the most of this fantastically exciting opportunity when you join us in September.”

The ten apprentices, who are all from Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy, were chosen following a competitive selection programme run by Horizon earlier this year. Launched in partnership with Coleg Menai, Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme is a three year programme which represents the start of Horizon’s long term commitment to recruiting driven, talented people to work on the Wylfa Newydd Project.

The apprentices were hosted at Wylfa Newydd’s newly extended site office, where they met some of their future colleagues, and were introduced to the newly developed Horizon Apprentice Centre base at Coleg Menai, Bangor.

Speaking after the event, Greg Evans said: “It was great to have our new apprentices with us for the day and we could see we’ve recruited a group of really talented and ambitious young people to join our team. We’re looking forward to them starting their careers with us in a couple of months and becoming the first in what will be a long line of local apprentices stretching over many years to come.”

Dr Ian Rees, Executive Director of External Affairs and Energy Development at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, added: “We are delighted to be working with Horizon Nuclear Power to train a new generation of local engineers. Coleg Menai is leading Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s work with Horizon and other Energy Island partners. As well as supporting the developments generally, the college’s specific interest is in the development of a suitably qualified and trained workforce. Our role in this respect is to make local people the best people for future jobs on Anglesey.”

“The Horizon apprentices are a great sign of the working towards delivering Wylfa Newydd,” said Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales, for Horizon. “While we’re developing our overall plans for the Project, this is a testament that Horizon Nuclear Power, a key partner in Anglesey’s Energy Island Programme, is delivering world class opportunities for local young people.”

More information about Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme can be found on the Horizon website http://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 on Horizon:
  • 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power is giving local people the chance to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project by holding its next Open Surgery event at Amlwch Town Hall on Monday 18 July between 2.30pm and 6.30pm.


The Open Surgeries are held every month in locations across Anglesey and give people the opportunity to meet the Horizon team and find out more about the Project. The sessions are held on a drop-in basis, so appointments aren’t needed.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “The next few months are set to be very busy at Wylfa Newydd. We’ve started the next stage of our archaeology studies, which follows the work that took place earlier this year. This will take place towards Wylfa Head and also along the proposed new sections of the A5025 at Valley, Llanfachraeth, Llanfaethlu and Cefn Coch. We’ve also started off-shore Ground Investigation studies at Porth y Pistyll, and are working to completing our new office extension in August. If anyone has any questions or would like further information, then please call in to see us in Amlwch. ”

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.
 

Gloucester, UK, 7th July, 2016 - Horizon Nuclear Power Limited (“Horizon”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.(TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”), The Japan Atomic Power Company (“JAPC”) and Hitachi today announced they have signed a deal for the provision of technical support services on the proposed Wylfa Newydd Power Station in North Wales.

A pioneer of nuclear power generation, JAPC will work with Horizon as it grows its own operational capability in readiness to run Wylfa Newydd. Under the deal Horizon will draw on JAPC’s experience and know-how gained from many years of involvement with boiling water reactors, covering their design, construction, operation and maintenance. JAPC oversaw the construction of Japan’s first light water reactor and will now support Horizon in areas such as construction costing, licensing, and planning for commissioning.

The news follows last month’s announcement of contracts signed with the newly formed consortium Menter Newydd to prepare for the construction phase of the power station. Menter Newydd comprises Bechtel, JGC and Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer of Horizon, said: “We are building a world class operational workforce and capability at Horizon and will draw on a number of the best in class companies from around the world to complement our extensive UK experience and regulatory relationships. JAPC has highly professional people who’ve had direct access to BWR*1 technology and I am delighted we will benefit from such a wealth of experience, lessons learned and insight. It’s another strong sign of the progress we’re making.”
 
Mamoru Muramatsu, President, The Japan Atomic Power Company, said: “We are delighted to be able to cooperate in the project for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd. Our company’s Tokai Nuclear Power Station, which was Japan’s first commercial nuclear power station, was introduced from the UK. Taking advantage of the many years of operating experience, and the know-how gained from that experience, beginning with the Tokai Nuclear Power Station, and including the Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Station (BWR) and Tsuruga Nuclear Power Station No. 1 and No. 2 (No. 1: a BWR, No. 2: PWR*2), we will help to ensure that Wylfa Newydd is built successfully.

Katsumi Nagasawa, Vice President and Executive Officer, CEO of Nuclear Power Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd., said: “Hitachi will play an important role in helping the UK achieve its objective of using safe and highly reliable sources of electric power to achieve a low-carbon society by supplying the latest ABWR*1 design, which has already been proven in operation. We believe that signing this contract with JAPC for technical support services will significantly advance the construction of the new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd.”
 
As a pioneer of nuclear power generation, JAPC has been at the forefront of its field since it was formed as a dedicated nuclear power company in November 1957. JAPC’s activities include the construction and operation of nuclear power plants in Japan, including construction of Japan’s first commercial nuclear power plant, and also plant decommissioning. Its overseas operations include providing technical assistance and training to prepare for the introduction of nuclear power in a variety of nations, including Vietnam and Kazakhstan, both of which are planning to build nuclear power plants.

Horizon has an ongoing programme of activity to build its operational expertise alongside the preparations for construction of Wylfa Newydd. Duncan Hawthorne previously ran one of the biggest nuclear power stations in the world as CEO of Bruce Power in Canada. Director of Generation Greg Evans ran the former Magnox nuclear station on Anglesey.

Horizon is in active discussions with a range of other companies for further operational support and advice in areas such as training its own workforce, including those from its recently launched apprenticeship programme, for operations.

*1 ABWR : Advanced Boiling Water Reactor / BWR: Boiling Water Reactor
*2 PWR: Pressurized Water Reactor

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About Horizon Nuclear Power Limited
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 up to 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of around 4,000 workers for the majority of the time and between 8,000 and 10,000 during peak periods. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

About The Japan Atomic Power Company
The Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) was established in November 1957 as a power company solely engaged in nuclear energy in Japan. Since then, the company has continued to play a leading role in the electric power industry as a pioneer in nuclear power generation through various projects, including the construction of the first commercial nuclear power plant in Japan and the construction, operation and decommissioning of power plants. JAPC owns Tokai Power Station (GCR), which is currently under decommissioning, Tokai No.2 Power Station (BWR) and Tsuruga Power Station, which has Unit1 (BWR) and Unit2 (PWR). Also, Advanced-PWRs are currently under construction in its Tsuruga site. For more information about JAPC, please visit the company’s website at http://www.japc.co.jp.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company\\\'s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Contacts:

Ben Russell
Horizon Nuclear Power, Ltd.
+44 (0) 1242 507712
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Masao Urakami
The Japan Atomic Power Company
+81 (0) 3-5217-5506
masao-urakami@japc.co.jp

Yoshimasa Doi
Hitachi Europe Ltd.
+44 (0) 1628 585384
yoshimasa.doi@hitachi-eu.com

Mizuki Igarashi
Hitachi, Ltd.
+81 (0) 3-4564-4517
mizuki igarashi.vr@hitachi.com
 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has started its detailed offshore ground investigation works (GI works) to gain a better understanding of the geological conditions offshore from the proposed Wylfa Newydd site.

Alongside subsea specialists Fugro Geoservices Ltd, and supported by Atkins’ geotechnical team, Horizon will be carrying out the offshore research throughout July and August to take samples from the seabed and coastline.

Two barges, which are floating drilling platforms, will be positioned in the near shore area of the sea at Porth-y-Pistyll, adjacent to the existing Magnox station. This is where Horizon is proposing to build its cooling water intake structure, a Marine Offloading Facility (or MOLF) and breakwater. This work is another key technical step in Wylfa Newydd’s project development and will allow Horizon to reduce the volume of road haulage by bringing in many of the bulk materials and large components needed during construction via sea.  The team will drill 33 boreholes in this area and will move the barges between the borehole locations as and when necessary.

The work is similar to the ground investigations Horizon has completed onshore in recent years and involves drilling core samples from the seabed for analysis. The team will also take onshore samples at Porth-y-Pistyll, near to the existing Magnox Wylfa site.

Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, commented: “Although we’ll be working 24 hours a day, we’ll ensure the work doesn’t cause any inconvenience to local people or tourists by keeping lighting and noise to an absolute minimum. Equally, we’ll be keeping a distance of more than 800 metres from the Cemlyn Bay nature reserve at all times.

“Conducting the work safely is our highest priority and we’ll need to respect the changing weather conditions. The work has just started mobilising and will continue until around the end of August.”

More information about Horizon’s proposals for Wylfa Newydd can be found by visiting: www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

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For more information, please 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.

 

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting anyone interested in learning more about the Wylfa Newydd Project to drop into its next Open Surgery, which will be held on Monday 20 June at The Bull Hotel in Llangefni.

The Open Surgery, which runs from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, gives Anglesey residents the chance to find out more about the Project and have any questions answered by a member of the Horizon team.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in our recent consultation and helped us move forward by giving us their views. We’re now busy reviewing all the feedback and developing our plans further. There will be more formal consultation later this year but in the meantime our Open Surgeries offer a great opportunity for local people to come and talk to us. You don’t need an appointment so please just call in.”

Horizon has recently concluded its first stage of archaeology works on site and released a film about the work which is available on its website and YouTube channel. Studies being undertaken over the summer months include offshore ground investigations near Porth-y-Pistyll. These studies will help Horizon understand more about marine seabed conditions in the area proposed for the construction of the Cooling Water Intake for Wylfa Newydd and the Marine Offloading Facility.

You can view the archaeology film on the new ‘Site Works’ page on the Horizon website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-site-works. This offers updates, photos and films of the latest activity at the Wylfa Newydd site.
For more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project, 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power has released film footage of its recent archaeological dig across the proposed Wylfa Newydd site – the UK’s largest archaeological survey of its kind.

With the help of ten North Wales businesses, Horizon and heritage specialists, Wessex Archaeology, have been carrying out a first phase of archaeological survey works across the proposed power station site on Anglesey over the past six months. The work is an important – and mandatory – part of Horizon’s progress towards securing planning permission for Wylfa Newydd. It needs to be undertaken now in order to ensure the forthcoming construction phase won’t be disrupted.

Completed last month, the team has released a short film on the project which shows the methods used to carefully assess the ground and then extract from it. The latest in a series of films looking at different aspects of the Wylfa Newydd Project, it is being released ahead of follow-up archaeological work later this year.

Charlie Tasker, site development director for Horizon, said: “Archaeological studies are a really important part of the statutory survey work we’re currently undertaking. Anglesey is rich in cultural heritage, and we’re working closely with the local authority, archaeological specialists and local businesses to ensure we collect accurate and useful information.

“Our latest film invites the viewer to take a closer look at this fascinating part of our Project and understand the scope of the work we need to do to properly assess our proposed site and contribute to the broader understanding of the island’s heritage.”
Chris Parry, general manager, CMP Plant Hire, which supplied excavators and other machinery for the archaeology project from its Brynteg base on the island, said: “We were delighted to be chosen as a subcontractor to help Horizon on this job. It’s been a really interesting piece of work, right here on our
doorstep, and we hope there will be more opportunities for our team as the Wylfa Newydd Project goes forward.”

To view Horizon’s archaeology film or to find out more about its proposals more generally visit:
www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-site-works.
 
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For more information, please 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.
  • North Wales suppliers working on the archaeological dig included: CMP Plant Hire, based in Brynteg; Gray’s Waste Management, based in Holyhead; Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, based in Bangor; Kehoe Countryside, based in Holyhead and Bangor; Hefin Thomas Agri Contractors based in Mona; Speedy Hire Ltd, based in Bangor; Elliott’s, based in Deeside; Brandon Tool Hire, based in Gaerwen; DU Construction, based in Holyhead; and Dawnus, based in Bangor.

May 24, 2016. Horizon Nuclear Power Limited (Horizon), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced the appointment of a new Chairman to its Board of Directors.

Incumbent Mr Tatsuro Ishizuka is moving to a new role as Chairman of the Hitachi Research Institute, based in Japan. He will therefore be standing down from the Horizon Board of Directors on 30 June. From 1 July he will be succeeded by Mr Masahide Tanigaki.

Mr Ishizuka was a Board Director of Horizon from 2012 until 2014, and re-joined as Chairman from April 2015. 

Mr Masahide Tanigaki has been with Hitachi, Ltd. since 1975.  Until April 2014 he was the Representative Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at Hitachi Ltd. He has previously held posts as Chairman of the Board for Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd and advisor to the CEO of Hitachi.  He has been a Board Director of Horizon since 2014.  Mr Tanigaki will continue to undertake board duties from Tokyo where he is based.

In March this year a Chief Executive Officer was appointed to Horizon for the first time.  Duncan Hawthorne was previously CEO of Bruce Power LP in Canada, one of the world’s largest operating nuclear power station sites. He took up the post at the beginning of May and will lead the UK nuclear business from the company’s headquarters in Gloucester. 

Mr Hawthorne said: “Mr Ishizuka has been closely involved with Horizon since Hitachi acquired the company. We’d like to thank him for his strong support and wish him all the best in his new role. 

“Mr Tanigaki has a wealth of experience in international markets and a deep understanding of Hitachi’s nuclear business and Horizon specifically.  We are delighted he will succeed Mr Ishizuka as Chairman.”

Last week Horizon announced it had appointed its major supply chain partners for the delivery of Wylfa Newydd; Bechtel, JGC and Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe Ltd in a joint venture to be called Menter Newydd (“New Venture” in Welsh).

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For more information, please contact:

Ben Russell
Horizon Nuclear Power Limited
+44-1242-713677
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.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.7 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed Menter Newydd, a specially created world-class joint venture, to help deliver the company’s lead nuclear new build project, Wylfa Newydd.

Menter Newydd, meaning New Venture in Welsh, is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd.  and will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power.

Combined, the Menter Newydd partners have been involved in the delivery of more than 170 nuclear power stations, as well as a huge array of complex infrastructure mega-projects. Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe draws on Hitachi’s 50 year history of Boiling Water Reactor deployment, including 4 ABWRs, the technology that will be built at Wylfa Newydd, whilst Bechtel last year completed construction of the first nuclear power station authorised to operate in the USA this century, at Watts Bar in Tennessee.

Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon CEO, said: “This is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum.

“The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come. We look forward to working with the team and continuing to make great strides with our plans.”

Hitachi’s Malcolm Twist, Project Director for Menter Newydd, said: “This is a very strong team. All the partners are proven at the highest level, and I’m delighted we’ve established the balance of expertise to safely deliver for Horizon, on-cost and on-schedule. We expect to begin firming up relationships with our main sub-contractors – many of them British – very soon.”

Bechtel’s Mike Robinson, Deputy Project Director for Menter Newydd, said: “This is an exciting project and a major milestone for low-carbon energy and future jobs across Wales and the UK.  As part of Menter Newydd, Bechtel will bring Wylfa Newydd safely into delivery to cost and budget in collaboration with local communities and our partners.

JGC’s Tsuyoshi Iwasaki, Deputy Project Director for Menter Newydd, said:  “We are pleased to be here on the Isle of Anglesey, working on a project which will contribute so much to local communities, as well as to the wider UK. We bring significant expertise, accumulated through our global experience of EPC delivery, and look forward to helping ensure the safe, on-time, on-cost delivery of Wylfa Newydd.”

Menter Newydd will increase its UK presence in the coming weeks and months, developing construction plans for the Wylfa Newydd site and continuing to build supply chain relationships. Hitachi-GE, which has been operating under a FEED contract to Horizon for more than three years, will continue to provide the UK ABWR technology, under sub-contract to Menter Newydd. 

The appointment comes as Horizon continues to make progress across all areas of the Wylfa Newydd project, having just completed a further stage of public consultation in North Wales, recently launched its apprenticeship scheme, and appointed Duncan Hawthorne, as its Chief Executive Officer. Site development work is also continuing to advance and the UK ABWR remains on track to complete its regulatory Generic Design Assessment by the end of 2017. 
   
For more information, please contact:

Horizon:

Ben Russell, ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com, 07580 948 106

Menter Newydd:
Tris Denton, tristram.denton@hitachi-hne.com, +44 (0) 7824 408 059,
Claire MacAleese, cmacalee@bechtel.com, +44 (0) 7905 678 671,

Notes to editors

  • 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 up to 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of around 4,000 workers for the majority of the time and between 8,000 and 10,000 during peak periods.
  • For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com
  • Menter Newydd is an unincorporated joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd., taking joint and several responsibility for all activities undertaken in delivery of its contract to Horizon.
  • Menter Newydd combines:
    • The expertise of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe in the design, procurement and deployment of manufactured goods relating to the UK ABWR.
    • The expertise of Bechtel as an EPC and overall project management partner, including on-site construction activity, development of a construction supply-chain, construction planning and construction site management.
    • The expertise of JGC in project management and integration of Japanese and global supply chains, as well as delivery of balance of plant.
  • Menter Newydd will be managed via a Joint Programme Management Office (JPMO), led by Hitachi’s Malcolm Twist. It will be based in Gloucester, with an increasing presence at Wylfa Newydd in coming years.
  • All sub-contractor selections will be made jointly by Menter Newydd, though contracts will be issued by the partner companies on its behalf.
  • Suppliers interested in any aspect of Menter Newydd scope should continue to register details at www.hitachi-hgne.co.uk and Menter Newydd will communicate further contracting structures, routes to market and contact points, in due course.

People on Anglesey are being invited to have their say on Horizon Nuclear Power’s plans to prepare and clear its Wylfa Newydd site for construction, and on its proposals to improve existing sections of the A5025.

Horizon is holding five events in mid May before it applies for planning permission to Isle of Anglesey County Council. Members of the project team will be on hand at each event, and people will be able to view detailed plans of all the work proposed.

The power station developer is also proposing to prepare and clear the power station site. Work would include the targeted removal and storage of topsoil; demolishing buildings within its landholding; installing boundary fencing for construction; the temporary closure and diversions of public rights of way; and measures to limit the impact of its work on the local environment and ecology.
Horizon is also proposing improvements to existing parts of the A5025, particularly where two HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) and buses cannot currently pass safely on either side. The road varies in width and Horizon is proposing to widen it to an overall width of 7.3 metres where necessary to allow a safer movement of vehicles.

Work to the A5025 would also include upgrades to private means of access such as driveways. In many places the base layers of the road are in poor condition, so the existing road surface would be reconstructed or resurfaced to make sure it does not crack or break during the construction phase of Wylfa Newydd, when more traffic will use it.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “As well as constructing the new power station itself, we need to carry out earlier work so we can build and operate it smoothly and safely, with as little disruption for local residents as possible. So it’s really important people have their say on this work too.

“Preparing and clearing the site will be the first major phase of our work for Wylfa Newydd. Widening, upgrading and resurfacing the road to our site will extend its lifespan and provide a long-term benefit for local residents.”

The consultation will be open between Monday 16 May and Tuesday 31 May, and five events will take place on the following dates:

Monday 16 May
Cemaes Village Hall
High Street
Cemaes
2pm to 7pm

Tuesday 17 May
Llanfachraeth Village Hall
Tŷ Newydd Green
Llanfachraeth
2pm to 7pm 

Wednesday 18 May
Wylfa Sports & Social Club
Wylfa Power Station
Cemaes Bay
2pm to 7pm

Thursday 19 May
The Valley Anglesey
London Road
Valley
2pm to 7pm 

Saturday 21 May
Douglas Inn car park
Tregele
Cemaes Bay
10am to 2pm

More information will be available from Monday 16 May at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. Anyone unable to attend an event can visit the website, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or call 0800 954 9516 for more information and a feedback form.

Work to prepare the site for construction is likely to start in Spring 2017 and last around 18 months, with around 80 workers on site during peak periods. It is the first major phase of work to get the Wylfa Newydd site ready for main construction, which would begin once Horizon has received a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Horizon is proposing to submit an application for the improvement works to existing sections of the A5025 later in 2016 and expect the works to take around two years in total. Separate work to construct new sections of road is planned to start in mid 2019.

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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.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next community drop-in event on Monday 18 April at Amlwch Town Hall.

One of a series of monthly Open Surgeries, the events gives local people the chance to meet the team working to develop Wylfa Newydd, ask questions and pass on community feedback.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “With our latest consultation now complete, we’re reviewing our proposals in light of the latest feedback from the community. We continue to make good progress in preparing for Wylfa Newydd and have recently concluded first stage archaeology survey work to understand more about the proposed site. Work now focuses on ground investigations near to the A5025, further environmental studies and preparing for offshore ground investigation in Porth-y-Pistyll in the summer.

“With all this activity, we’ve got lots of progress to talk about and share with local people. So if anyone has any questions, or would like to raise anything with the team, we’d encourage them to come along to one of our upcoming Open Surgeries. Local views on our Project are always welcome.”

For more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project, or to contact the team, please call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
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For more information contact:

Claire Loveday – 07717 300379 or claire.loveday@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.
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has thanked everyone who took part in its latest consultation on the Wylfa Newydd Project, generating valuable feedback on the proposed power station project.

The consultation, which ran from 25 January to 24 March, saw public events held across Anglesey and North Wales where local people could meet the Horizon team and view its latest proposals on an interactive 3D computer model.

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in our consultation, either by joining us in person or by submitting their feedback online, by email or post. We’ve met hundreds of people over the last couple of months, giving us hugely valuable feedback.

“We’re now reviewing our proposals in light of all the comments given and, when our work is more advanced later this year, we’ll ask the community to once again give us their views. We hope local people will continue to play an active part in the Project, helping to shape our final plans for Wylfa Newydd.”

For anyone who didn’t get the opportunity to visit one of Horizon’s exhibitions, its consultation information is still available online at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. There are also nine film clips of the team talking about different aspects of the Project, including the Welsh language and jobs and skills.

Horizon’s team will be on hand again at its next Open Surgery event on 18 April at Amlwch Town Hall, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Taking place monthly, a full schedule of these community events is available on the company’s website at: http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-have-your-say
 
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For more information contact:

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

Notes to editors on Horizon:
  • 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power has launched a series of films with different members of its team giving their first hand insight into key aspects of the Wylfa Newydd Project.

The nine films cover a number of different topics such as Welsh language, the supply chain and jobs and skills. People can view all the films in Welsh and English online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.

Horizon is currently consulting on its latest plans for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, and these films will give people who missed their events an opportunity to hear the team talk about various aspects of the Project.

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We know people like to be kept up to date about our work but aren’t always able to visit one of our events. Feedback is really important for our plans so we encourage people to watch our series of films, view the other information on our website and let us have their feedback before the consultation closes.”

Horizon’s consultation closes on Thursday 24 March so people with comments about topics raised in the films or in the information online can send their feedback to the website above, by email to wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or by post to FREEPOST HORIZON NUCLEAR POWER CONSULTATION.
 
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For more information contact:

Claire Loveday – 07717 300379 or claire.loveday@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to editors on Horizon:
  • 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.

 

Local people can meet the Horizon Nuclear Power team to talk about the Wylfa Newydd Project at The Bull Hotel, Llangefni, on Monday 14 March.

The surgery will run between 2:30pm and 6:30pm and gives local residents the chance to learn more and ask questions about the power station project.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended our recent information events and provided us with their feedback on our latest plans for Wylfa Newydd. All the feedback we receive is extremely valuable as it will help us to further develop our proposals ahead of the next stage of consultation later this year.

“If you haven’t sent in your feedback yet, then please make sure it reaches us by Thursday 24 March. You can submit comments via www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation or by post to Freepost Horizon Nuclear Power Consultation.

“Along with the information events, we’ve been busy on site, launched our apprenticeship scheme and started construction work on our new office extension, which will see it triple in size. This is an exciting development and will provide us with much needed space to house our ever expanding team, both now and in the future as the Project continues to grow.

For more information about the Project or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, please call freephone number 0800 954 9516 or email 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power Limited (Horizon), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced the appointment of Mr. Duncan Hawthorne as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2016. He joins as the company continues to progress its lead Wylfa Newydd project, which will generate enough secure, reliable low carbon electricity to power five million homes.


Mr. Hawthorne is an internationally known and widely respected nuclear industry leader who joins Horizon following a 15 year period as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power L.P. in Canada which operates one of the world’s largest operating nuclear facilities. A Scottish born and educated engineer, Mr. Hawthorne has held a wide range of leadership positions in the UK, United States and Canada. He served as Chair of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Atlanta Centre and until recently was President of WANO’s Governing Board. His contribution to the Canadian energy sector was also recognised when he was awarded Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. In addition, he has been on Horizon’s Board of Directors since 2013.
 
Mr. Hawthorne said, “I am very pleased to be joining this organization which has ambitious plans for the future and I hope to be able to add my experience in plant operations and leadership to help complement the many talented people who already are part of the Horizon workforce. I will be building on the strong progress made to date under Alan Raymant’s leadership and I look forward to working with him and the team, to ensure this success continues.”
 
Mr. Tatsuro Ishizuka, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Hitachi Europe Ltd., Chief Executive of the Nuclear Power System Business in Europe and Chairman of the Board, Horizon Nuclear Power Limited said: “We are delighted to have someone of Mr. Hawthorne’s experience and background in nuclear operations lead our activities in the UK. Mr. Hawthorne brings to us experience gained from many years in the UK nuclear Industry and this combined with the international operation, project development and commercial activities he has been involved in for the last 20 years makes him the perfect choice for Horizon”.
 
Mr. Katsumi Nagasawa, Vice President and Executive Officer, President & CEO of Power Systems Company of Hitachi, Ltd. said, “With the Horizon project now entering an important new phase, we are delighted to have recruited someone of Mr. Hawthorne’s reputation and experience to lead us forward. Our ABWR design is a tried and tested technology and will play a crucial role in helping the UK meet its energy goals of secure, reliable and low carbon power. The appointment of someone of Mr. Hawthorne’s calibre is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to succeed in this vital project”.
 
 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.
 
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (www.hitachi.com), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others.

The next generation of nuclear workers are being invited to start their career journeys as Horizon Nuclear Power takes on its first apprentices and launches its 2016 graduate programme.

Both new initiatives launch at the end of February and represent the start of Horizon’s long term vision for recruiting driven, talented people to work on the Wylfa Newydd Project.

The company is inviting applications for five graduate places and up to twelve apprenticeships, with the successful candidates starting their new careers in just over six months time. As the company grows, many more job opportunities at all levels will follow from the development, construction and operational needs of Wylfa Newydd.

Greg Evans, Operations Director for Horizon, said: “We need talented people to join the nuclear industry and be a part of Wylfa Newydd. This is the start of that journey and these are rewarding jobs for people with the right motivation and skills. Wylfa Newydd’s future workers will mostly be at school, college or university right now and we want to give young people - and those wanting to re-train - the chance to play a part in one of Europe’s largest energy projects.”

Launched in partnership with Coleg Menai, Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme is open for applications from Monday 22 February with the first intake starting in September. Posters and flyers are being distributed to local schools, advertisements will be appearing in regional newspapers and information is being made available via Horizon’s website and its social media channels.

Importantly, there’s no age limit on who can apply and applications are invited from candidates looking to re-train as well as from young people wanting to start a rewarding career, right on their doorstep. Future apprentices can apply online via the Horizon website and successful candidates will be awarded a place on a three-year scheme. The first year will see them studying in both Bangor and Llangefni to build Level 1 and 2 qualifications, while also learning the basic training, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for their second year.

Year two will involve study towards a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) and a BTEC Level 2.

In year 3 onwards candidates will have moved on to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma and NVQ Level 3 in a chosen engineering discipline. By now, the apprentices will also be undertaking extensive on-the-job learning with some training at Coleg Menai campuses and at other nuclear sites.

The 2016 Graduate Development Programme opens to applications on Monday 29 February and this year will see Horizon target students with the right skills and qualifications to join its engineering and operations teams. This year’s roles will best suit students completing degree courses in electrical, C&I, mechanical, civil and nuclear engineering and also those studying physics, chemistry and environmental courses. Future years may see this focus shift to other areas.

As well as placing graduate job advertisements in newspapers across North Wales, Horizon will be discussing the scheme with leading universities across the UK.  Potential candidates can apply direct, via the Horizon website.

More information and application details for both schemes can be found on the homepage of the Horizon website www.horizonnuclearpower.com

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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:

• www.nucleargraduates.com
• www.nsan.co.uk/careers
• www.cogentskills.com
• www.regennuclear.com

Notes to editors on Horizon:

• 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.

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has gained planning consent to expand its Wylfa Newydd site office on Anglesey.

The million-pound extension is needed to house Horizon’s expanding workforce on Anglesey, and is a further step in preparations ahead of the construction phase in a few years’ time.

Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd Site Manager, Daron Hodges (pictured second from right), said: “Work at Wylfa Newydd continues at pace so this expansion project comes at the perfect time, allowing us to base up to 80 staff on site, on top of the 100 plus site workers we have here most days.”
               
“Work will start immediately on preparation of the construction area and we’re hoping to have the new office up and running in the summer.  We’ll continue to keep our nearest neighbours up to date throughout the works.”

 

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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.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon will be holding its next Open Surgery at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 15 February from 1pm-7pm.

In addition to its ongoing focussed consultation programme, which has seen a number of public events held across the Island in recent weeks, Horizon is also inviting local people to attend its next monthly Open Surgery in Cemaes Village Hall.
Open Surgeries provide a more general opportunity for local people to drop-in and talk to the Horizon team about a wide range of subjects connected to the Wylfa Newydd Project. The Open Surgeries take place each month in several different locations across the Island.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “The public events we’ve been holding across Anglesey over the last few weeks have been very well attended, and we’re enjoying the opportunity to share details on a wide range of subjects from landscaping on site to how and where we might accommodate construction workers. Our Open Surgeries continue too and we’re looking forward to being back in Cemaes next Monday.”

Horizon’s remaining consultation events take place at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon, on 24 February and St. Mary’s Church Hall, Conwy, on 25 February. Both events are open from 11am-2pm and then again from 4pm-7pm. If you can’t get to one of these events, all the materials can be found at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. The closing date for feedback on Horizon’s current proposals is 24 March 2016.

For more information or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, call freephone 0800 954 9516 or email 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.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has today (28 January 2016) announced the appointment of a Head of Strategic Development for Wylfa Newydd.


Sasha Wynn Davies joins the Wylfa Newydd team from Conwy County Borough Council where she is Strategic Director (Economy & Place). Previously, Sasha was Head of Economic Development at Isle of Anglesey County Council. She was also Programme Director of the Anglesey Energy Island™ Programme which was created to encourage local energy research and development, production and servicing, bringing with it potentially huge economic rewards.

In her new position at Horizon, Sasha will be based at the Wylfa Newydd office and develop the strategy for the overall, long term, Wylfa Newydd ‘footprint’ in Wales, co-ordinating activities such as local supply chain development, jobs and skills plans and infrastructure working closely with a wide range of key stakeholders in Wales. A fluent Welsh speaker, Sasha will also lead on the development and implementation of Horizon’s Welsh language plans.

Sasha said: “I’ve been a longstanding believer in the power of major energy projects to transform the local and regional economy and support communities. Wylfa Newydd presents a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m delighted to be part of the team working to deliver the project.”

Greg Evans, Operations Director for Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Sasha brings with her a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the local and regional economy and culture. Her experience and drive will help us ensure Wylfa Newydd is not just a world class power station, but also a source of opportunity for future generations.”

Sasha lives on Anglesey with her husband, Rhys, and two children, who go to school on the island.

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.

Residents from Anglesey and North Wales are being given more opportunities to help shape proposals for Wylfa Newydd, with Horizon publishing an update to its official community consultation plans.


Residents from Anglesey and North Wales are being given more opportunities to help shape proposals for Wylfa Newydd, with Horizon publishing an update to its official community consultation plans.

Previously published in 2014, Horizon’s Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) sets out how it will formally consult with local people, as well as the communities and groups that could be impacted by or benefit from the proposed multi-billion pound power station development.

Following consultation with the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the new SOCC will be advertised in a range of both Welsh and English language newspapers and magazines from Thursday 21 January and will also be published in full on Horizon’s website. Hard copies will then be available in libraries across the Island from the following week.

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “It’s really important our proposals for Wylfa Newydd reflect feedback from all communities from across the island and the wider region.  We’ve recently modified our consultation timings, which means we’ve been able to add even more opportunities over the coming months for local people to have a say on our plans.”

Horizon’s next phase of community consultation will take place from Monday 25 January, with a series of events taking place through early spring. This consultation continues the progress made by Horizon since its first stage of major consultation in 2014 and provides another opportunity for people to view its latest plans and provide feedback on its proposals. 

The public information events will be followed by a series of focus group-style meetings on areas of the Wylfa Newydd project which are known to be a priority for local people, including the Welsh language and plans for worker accommodation. 

A second, larger scale, consultation will follow later in the year.

To find out more about Horizon’s community consultation events, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-consultation. If you’d like to get in touch, please call the Wylfa Newydd freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or email 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.
  • Horizon’s upcoming community events are taking place on:
 
Friday 29 January Wylfa Sports and Social Club   11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 30 January  Llangefni Town Hall     10am to 1pm
Tuesday 2 February Llanfachraeth Village Hall  11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Weds 3 February  Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead    11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Friday 5 February Amlwch Memorial Hall 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 6 February Cemaes Village Hall    10am to 1pm
Tuesday 9 February Valley Hotel    11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Weds 10 February Menai Bridge War Memorial Community Centre   11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Weds 24 February Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon   11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 25 February St Mary’s Church Hall, Conwy  11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

                                           
Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com 

Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, said:


“I’m delighted to have welcomed the Welsh Affairs Committee to our Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey today. The cross-party interest shown in Horizon’s plans is a clear indication of the importance of our project for Wales and the opportunities it presents locally, regionally and nationally.”
 
“From the thousands of jobs it will create to the secure, affordable, low carbon power it will deliver for some five million homes, Wylfa Newydd is a key strategic development and we look forward to further engagement with the Committee as we continue to progress towards construction and operation.”


 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today set out how people can next have their say on the proposed multi-billion pound Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey.

The energy company will carry out its next phase of community consultation from Monday 25 January 2016, with a series of events taking place through early spring.

The consultation continues the progress made by Horizon since its first stage of major consultation in 2014 and provides another opportunity for people to view its latest plans and provide feedback on its proposals. A second, larger scale, consultation will follow later in the year.

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer for Horizon, said: “Wylfa Newydd will deliver lasting benefits for generations to come, including jobs for local people and a boost to the local economy.  We also recognise that a project of this scale will have impacts for the community so we’re keen we factor the community’s voice into our proposals before they reach an advanced stage.

“From January we’ll be holding public information events followed by a series of focus group-style meetings on areas of our project which we know matter most locally, including the Welsh language and our plans for worker accommodation.  We hope residents will continue to give us their feedback on the project and help shape Wylfa Newydd ahead of us presenting our full and final proposals later in 2016.”

Information will be available on the company’s website, www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation, from Monday 25 January with documents also available in all Anglesey libraries.  Horizon’s first public event will take place on Friday 29 January close to the proposed power station site before a series of events are held across the Island, as well as in Gwynedd and Conwy.

All events will be publicised in local media and on Môn FM, Anglesey’s community radio station.

Horizon’s programme of community events:

Friday 29 January       Wylfa Sports and Social Club                                       11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Saturday 30 January  Llangefni Town Hall                                                      10am to 1pm

Tuesday 2 February   Llanfachraeth Village Hall                                             11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Weds 3 February        Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead                                          11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Friday 5 February       Amlwch Memorial Hall                                                  11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Saturday 6 February   Cemaes Village Hall                                                     10am to 1pm

Tuesday 9 February   Valley Hotel                                                                   11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Weds 10 February     Menai Bridge War Memorial Community Centre           11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Weds 24 February      Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon                                     11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Thurs 25 February      St Mary’s Church Hall, Conwy           11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
 

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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.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com