Wylfa Newydd - FAQs

Wylfa Newydd is the name of our project to develop a new nuclear power station adjacent to the former Magnox Wylfa Power Station on Anglesey.

Over the years, many people have come to refer to the Project as ‘Wylfa B’ – in the absence of an official name for a new power station. The name Wylfa Newydd is therefore designed to give the Project a clear identity and to highlight the opportunities that will be available with the Project as it takes an important step into the future – may that be offering employment and training opportunities for local people or increasing links with local companies and suppliers.

Our first phase of consultation ran from 29 September to 8 December 2014 and we gave the public another chance to have their say on our most recent proposals between 25 January 2016 and 24 March 2016. We will hold our next stage of public consultation later in 2016. You can find out more about our current proposals here.

This involves progressing our detailed design work, conducting site preparatory works and regularly engaging with the local community. We are also continuing to conduct a variety of environmental, topographical and traffic surveys as well as working on health and language impact assessments which are part of the consultation process and our eventual planning submission.

We have a number of key project milestones to meet before we can start construction, including formal consultation on our proposals and the submission of an application for development consent order to  The Planning Inspectorate.
Our first phase of formal public consultation is underway. Beyond this our programme will follow from the detailed work we’re currently carrying out with HGNE on the design and approach to construction, and further consideration of the financing strategy for the overall build programme.
Construction can only commence after the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology undergoes a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) – a rigorous regulatory evaluation of our proposed reactor technology by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency.

This process will run for a number of years and define whether the regulators will consider Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology appropriate for taking to the site-specific licensing stage.

Since our acquisition by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012, we’ve passed a number of important milestones for the Project. We’ve signed a multi-million pound agreement with Hitachi GE-Nuclear Energy, Ltd. to carry out initial design work and we have ramped up our engagement with businesses across North Wales and the UK. 

We have also carried out important survey work on and around the Wylfa Newydd development site, including ground investigation works, traffic and transport surveys and environmental and ecological mitigation studies across the site. 

We are currently in the process of assessing potential locations for new and existing support facilities, including workers accommodation, a park and ride and logistics hub, and progressing our proposals for route improvements along the A5025.

If you would like to know more about the Project, please contact us via our hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Wylfa Newydd will create up to 850 permanent jobs with a construction workforce of around 4,000 workers for the majority of the time, with between 8,000 and 10,000 workers during peak periods.

A significant power station development injects tens of millions of pounds per year into the local economy once it is up and running through direct employment and the demand for goods and services. During the construction phase we would expect to see hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the local economy. We want to see the development reinforce Anglesey as a centre of expertise for low carbon energy generation and nuclear technology, leading to far-reaching benefits for individuals, communities and businesses.

We held the first stage of our pre-application consultation in 2014, and since then we’ve held a number of other consultations to keep people up-to-date. This has meant people have had the opportunity to give us their views and shape how our work has progressed. Our second formal stage of consultation took place between 31 August and 25 October 2016, where we asked for feedback to help us finalise our proposals. This was the last scheduled consultation on the Project as a whole before we submit our application for a Development Consent Order in 2017.

Our work is gathering pace all the time, and there are a number of other aspects of the Wylfa Newydd Project that we’ll continue to consult people on to listen to their views. To have your say on these, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation


If you have any questions or feedback regarding the Wylfa Newydd Project, you can contact us on our dedicated Wylfa Newydd hotline and email address, by calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing us at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
You can also meet members of the project team at our monthly Open Surgeries, which we hold on Anglesey. These sessions are advertised on this website, in our regular Community Update newsletters, and via local media.
We also support the Wylfa Newydd Project Liaison Group (PLG), which brings together local community groups and representatives to receive updates on our project. For more information on the PLG – and to view minutes and presentations from previous meetings – please visit Wylfa Newydd Project Liaison Group.