News Archive 2017

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Horizon Nuclear Power has today opened applications for its second intake of technical apprentices to support the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey.

The second intake of up to 12 apprentices is part of Horizon’s commitment to put in place a skilled local workforce to help build and operate the future nuclear power station.

The comprehensive three-year scheme has been designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives ambitious, engineering-minded students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and qualifications while working on one of Europe’s most transformational infrastructure projects.

The apprentices will follow in the footsteps of last year’s intake and initially will be based at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Bangor workshop, where they’ll get to grips with the engineering skills needed to build and operate Wylfa Newydd. However, once the brand new Engineering Centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni Campus opens, the apprentices will move there. The Engineering Centre is expected to open in the 2018-2019 academic year and has received a £1m investment from Horizon.

Greg Evans, Safety and Generation Director at Horizon, said: “It’s an exciting time to be making career decisions in North Wales thanks to a number of large, long-term energy and engineering projects in the pipeline.

“The Wylfa Newydd apprenticeship scheme is designed to provide the support, training and access to Horizon’s top engineers needed to kick-start a career in the energy sector. It’s a massive opportunity, so I encourage anyone with an interest in the industry to take a look and apply!”

Dr Ian Rees, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Executive Director - Business Development, said: “Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is delighted to have such an important role to play in the development of the skilled local workforce.

“As an organisation, our priority is helping local people get the education, skills and experience that will allow them to gain employment on projects such as Wylfa Newydd.

“We have been delighted with the progress of the current cohort of Horizon Apprentices who are studying at the college, and we look forward to welcoming the new intake of aspiring engineers in September.

Nia James, an apprentice at Horizon, said: “Wylfa Newydd is going to be one of the biggest projects anywhere in the UK in the next few years, so being able to apply my interest in engineering to the proposed power station and develop my skills is really exciting. It’s a challenging course, but there’s no better way to learn what’s needed to build and operate one of Europe’s most important energy projects.”

Applications can be filled in online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme.

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For more information contact:

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

For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:

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

JANUARY 23rd 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has been cleared to begin purchasing major equipment for its proposed new reactor at Wylfa Newydd. The independent assessment organisation, Bureau Veritas, issued Horizon with a Licensee Certificate confirming that its internal arrangements are suitable for the procurement of Long Lead Items.

Long Lead Items (LLIs) have long manufacturing times and are required early in the construction of the power station therefore they need to be ordered in advance of the main build on site.  The Licensee Certificate, only the second to be awarded in the UK, is the culmination of two years of preparation by Horizon and six months of assessment by Bureau Veritas.

Joe Savage, Head of Engineering Procurement and Construction, at Horizon said: “This is a significant milestone for Horizon as it marks another step in our journey towards becoming a Nuclear Site Licensee and the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Licensee Certificate demonstrates our ability to act as an ‘Intelligent Customer’ when procuring items or services from our suppliers to ensure they meet the correct technical specification and that adequate documentation is available to justify the safety of those items.”

Peter Whiers, Nuclear Engineering Manager at Bureau Veritas, said: “It is very rewarding to work as part of a team to build something that will supply large amounts of energy for generations to come.  Nuclear Engineering can be very challenging at times, however Horizon has created such a team and the award of the Licensee Certificate is the culmination of a significant amount of work resulting in the implementation of an excellent management system that combines safety, security, health, quality and environmental aspects.”

The first Long Lead Items, due for procurement in the first half of 2017 are the materials for: the Hydraulic Control Units that form part of the reactor’s primary shutdown systems; the Reactor Pressure Vessel; and the Reinforced Concrete Containment Vessel Liner.

The Certificate is valid for three years and will be re-validated on an annual basis until Horizon is granted a Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Horizon will be applying for its NSL in 2017 and expects grant subject to the ONR’s approval, in 2018.
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For more information, please contact:
 
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to Editors

The Licensee Certificate is a document to verify that organisations who have yet to be granted a Nuclear Site Licence have suitable management systems, quality arrangements and supply chain practices in place before the purchase any nuclear safety related equipment or services. The issue of a Licensee Certificate is an expectation of ONR when a future licensee chooses to place orders for long lead items in advance of obtaining a Nuclear Site Licence.

A Nuclear Site Licence is a legal document granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for the full life cycle of the facility from construction to operation and through to decommissioning.  A set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence and require licensees to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance.

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 Bureau Veritas
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organisations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide. The UK business is headquartered in Birmingham, has 1200 employees and is based in office locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. In 2014, the group posted revenues of €4.17 billion; the company has 66,500 employees worldwide, with 1,400 offices and laboratories, in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (stock symbol: BVI). www.bureauveritas.co.uk

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated almost £5,000 to Ynys Môn Citizens Advice to support the charity’s ongoing work across the island.

The Holyhead branch received the donation following an application to the Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship Scheme, which provides funding support to local charities, projects and groups.

Ynys Môn Citizens Advice is a volunteer organisation that provides independent, confidential and impartial advice to residents, a service that supported over 13,000 individuals last year and is available across the island Monday-Friday free of charge.
In order for volunteers and staff to operate an effective service several of the computers needed replacing. The donation made by Horizon Nuclear Power will enable Ynys Môn Citizens Advice to purchase 10 new computer systems in 2017.

Delyth Owen, Horizon Nuclear Power’s Community Involvement Officer, said: “Ynys Môn Citizens Advice does fantastic work in the local community, offering legal advice and support for people across the island. It’s also manned by volunteers who give up their time and expertise for free to help those that need it most. But without the right IT equipment in place, they simply can’t do what they need to do, which is why we were so keen to get involved and support this important charity.”

Jackie Blackwell, CEO of Ynys Môn Citizens advice said: “We’re delighted with the donation and we’re looking forward to getting our new IT systems up and running. In 2015/16 we saw 13,198 clients either face to face, telephone or via web chat. In 2017 we expect to see an increase in demand for our services.”

“We deal with the most vulnerable adults in society and our key objective is to ensure that everyone is treated equally, is aware of their rights and responsibilities and can enjoy quality of life. The new computers will go a long way to make sure residents on the island can continue to receive a high standard of advice and support and enable the Citizens Advice Service to respond to the changing and more challenging landscape of advice demand for the foreseeable future.”

Horizon has donated over £100,000 to local charities and groups in the past year through its Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship Scheme. Horizon continues to offer support 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.

Event highlights huge opportunities for UK, Japanese & Welsh supply chains.

18th JANUARY 2017. The supply chains of three countries came together this week to discuss how they can work in partnership to deliver Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd project. At a two day event at the British Embassy in Tokyo, companies from the UK, Wales and Japan gathered alongside government officials, trade associations, and wider stakeholders to hear about the progress made on the transformative project on Anglesey, North Wales and build on the long history of civil nuclear cooperation between the countries.

Executives from Horizon and Hitachi-GE set out how there were already partnerships in place between companies working on the development of Wylfa Newydd and outlined the multiple opportunities that the project will present in the coming years. Officials from the UK and Welsh Governments also spoke on the importance of the nuclear sector in the UK and showcased the support available for Japanese companies in both countries.

Horizon and its lead contractor, Menter Newydd – a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel, and JGC – are working to support partners in Japan, Wales, and the UK as they explore potential collaborations and begin building enduring relationships. Over the past year the project has raised awareness in Japan of Welsh and British capabilities, and in the UK of Japanese manufacturing.

Carl Devlin, Programme Director at Horizon said: “Wylfa Newydd already represents a partnership between the UK, Japan and Wales, with companies and governments from all three countries working with us to prepare for construction. We want to see these partnerships grow still further as we move forward, with the project representing the next phase in the countries’ decades’ long history of close cooperation on nuclear power.”

Shunsuke Utena, Managing Director of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd. and Executive Management Board member, Menter Newydd said: “Increasing collaboration between Japanese, Welsh and UK suppliers will bring huge opportunities across the industries in all three countries. Companies can pool their expertise to complement one another, strengthening their offering to Wylfa Newydd, to their benefit and to ours. There are already positive signs of flourishing partnerships and we’re working with suppliers to encourage further progress.”

The event at the British Embassy focused on both the nuclear new build and decommissioning opportunities across the three countries and, alongside companies from the UK, Wales and Japan, it was attended by: officials from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, and the Wales Office; the Welsh Government’s Department for Economy, Skills & Natural Resources; the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association and the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum; and the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation.

For more information, please contact:

Fran Tindall
Horizon Nuclear Power Limited
+44 (0)7580 948 147
fran.tindall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Lowri Joyce
Menter Newydd / Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe
+44 (0) 7464 980 601 
lowri.joyce@hitachi-hne.com

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 Menter Newydd
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.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its first Open Surgery of 2017 on Monday 16 January at Cemaes Village Hall, from 1.00pm – 7.00pm.

This Open Surgery is a great opportunity to meet the team behind the Wylfa Newydd Project, ask questions and find out more about the company’s plans for 2017.
 
The monthly drop-in event is open to everyone, and if you’re planning to visit there’s no need to make an appointment.  
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve got plenty of activity planned for 2017, from continuing to get the site ready for construction to planning for our next intake of apprentices.
 
“As work picks up following the Christmas break, we’ll be in Cemaes Village Hall once again to give people the opportunity to pop in and ask us questions about the Project. We look forward to seeing people there.”
 
Details about 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, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, or visit www.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.