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HORIZON NEWS - 19.07.2017

Horizon announces operational training support partner for Wylfa Newydd

19 July 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced a partnership with Tecnatom, a global nuclear training services provider, as it looks to grow the future operational workforce for its lead project Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.
Tecnatom which provides training services to a range of nuclear power stations around the world, will lead a training support team comprising GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Collectively they bring a vast amount of global experience both in nuclear operations training generally and in ABWR reactor operations training specifically.  
 
The Tecnatom training support team will work alongside Horizon’s in-house training team and local training providers to enhance and refine the company’s existing apprentice programme and advise on other local apprentice programmes in collaboration with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, the main college in North West Wales. This partnership will also see Horizon strengthening its links with Bangor University to introduce nuclear elements into its existing courses and working with both the University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to look at the feasibility of introducing degree apprenticeships.
 
The training support team will provide a rigorous, Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) in line with global best practice. The initial phase of work will deliver a comprehensive training needs analysis and set the scope of the training requirements for all licenced company roles including the Control Room Operators, Field Operators, Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, Radiation Protection Technicians, Chemists and other support staff. Further phases of work will cover the delivery of training.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Tecnatom training support team. It is particularly well qualified as they have a wealth of experience and are well used to working with personnel from a range of different cultures globally often in bi-lingual communities.  This is especially important as the vast majority of our operations workforce will come from Anglesey delivering on our commitment to provide work opportunities for three generations on the island.”
 
Francisco Javier Guerra, Chief Executive Officer, Tecnatom said: “Together with our training support team colleagues we’re looking forward to helping Horizon build a new generation of world class nuclear operators that will be essential to the successful delivery of Wylfa Newydd.”
 
Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator and ensure the transfer of global excellence in nuclear skills to Horizon’s growing team on Anglesey and at its Gloucester HQ.
 
This news comes as Horizon continues to build momentum in all areas of its project. It recently completed a third and final round of Pre-Application Consultation on Anglesey ahead of its main planning consent, a Development Consent Order due for submission later this year.  Its technology, the UK ABWR continues to make good progress through the fourth and final stage of the Office for Nuclear Regulation Generic Design Assessment process, on target to complete in Dec 2017. In addition Horizon submitted an application for a Nuclear Site Licence in March 2017 which if successful, will be granted in 2018.
 
For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 
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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. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce expected to peak at 8,500. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
About Tecnatom
Tecnatom was set up in 1957 as an engineering company specialising in guaranteeing the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants to the highest levels of safety.
Tecnatom provides, among other services, comprehensive training for the global Nuclear Industry with more than 35 years experience in applying the most advanced training methodologies. Tecnatom training group is comprised of over 160 professional instructors who are specialized in the multiple technologies of generation II, III and IV. These instructors approach the training with a firm focus on the personnel and plant performance improvement.
For more information about Tecnatom, please visit www.tecnatom.com.
 
About GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd
GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd (Gen2) was established in 2000 as an employer-owned training provider in West Cumbria. Now part of the City and Guilds Group, Gen2 is one of the UK’s largest training providers to the nuclear sector, working with over 200 employers to provide apprenticeships, further education, higher education and a wide range of specialist courses. Assessed by OFSTED as Grade 1 (Outstanding), Gen2 delivers learner-focussed, high quality training to the highest national and international standards with a strong embedded nuclear safety culture.      
 
About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter @gehnuclear.
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 17.07.2017

Apprentices explore new horizons in Japan

Horizon Nuclear Power’s ten apprentices arrived back on Anglesey recently after a fortnight of work experience in Japan hosted by Hitachi-GE.
The trip was an opportunity for the apprentices, who started with Horizon in September 2016, to meet and work alongside Hitachi apprentices, to learn more about Hitachi’s manufacturing approaches, and get an insight into Japanese culture.
 
The apprentices had a busy itinerary, taking them from Tokyo to Hitachi City and covering everything from Kendo lessons with fellow Japanese apprentices to visiting Hitachi’s Kaigan Factory, where the company has been manufacturing steam turbines for almost 100 years. They also visited Shimane Nuclear Power Station near Matsue, where Hitachi’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) technology is being constructed at Shimane, unit 3.
 
The fortnight was rounded off with a visit to the British Embassy where they met the British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden, and presented him with a mounted core sample from ground where Wylfa Newydd will be built.
 
Luke Williams, one of Horizon’s apprentices, said: “We had a fantastic time. We knew it was going to be a new experience, but weren’t expecting to learn so much. Hitachi is a huge company with an incredible history, so we’re lucky to have had so much insight into what they do.
 
“It was a busy fortnight, but the highlight for me was visiting Hitachi City, where important components for Wylfa Newydd will be made, and meeting other apprentices; it really helped me understand how much value apprentices can bring to the future of projects like Shimane 3 in Japan and Wylfa Newydd here in Wales.”
 
Greg Evans, Wylfa Newydd’s Operations Director, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the apprentices. They’ve worked so hard this past year and their progress has been very impressive. They went to Japan not only representing Horizon, but all young people in North Wales and we couldn’t have sent a better group. 
 
“Our apprenticeship scheme continues to go from strength-to-strength and I know the next cohort – due to start in September this year – will look to our 2016 intake and learn from their experiences.”
 
Horizon Nuclear Power has recently completed recruitment of the second intake of apprentices who will be joining the programme in September 2017.
 
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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.
     
     
  • About Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and GE in July 2007, as one of the world’s leading comprehensive plant manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture, inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project management. Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those currently under construction. For more information about Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, please visit http://www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en/index.html
     
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HORIZON NEWS - 11.07.2017

Horizon invites local community to help it uncover the secrets of the past

Budding archaeologists across Anglesey and North Wales are being invited to help uncover the secrets hidden in the soil around Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd site.
As part of its comprehensive archaeological investigations, Horizon is inviting members of the public to get involved in a community dig at the site. Volunteers will help Horizon uncover the past and record the fascinating historical information they find.
 
The work will take place this summer as Horizon undertakes more investigations following last year’s site-wide archaeological evaluations. This will help gain a better understanding of the discoveries from the earlier works. 
 
The excavations will remove the soil from each of the investigation areas, allowing the amateur archaeologists from the community to work alongside Horizon’s specialists to reveal and record their findings. With the digs complete and the information safely recorded, Horizon will restore the land to its original condition.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “We need to conduct more of these archaeological studies and want to offer local people the chance to help us dig, ensuring we have a complete record of the history of our corner of North Wales.
 
“We’ll be holding community digs throughout August and if people want to come and join us they should get in touch. We’ll provide professional guidance and all the equipment, so you just need to bring your natural curiosity and a willingness to get your hands dirty!”
 
In addition to the community dig, Horizon will be organising a series of talks across the island later this year – outlining the archaeological studies that have taken place and discussing its findings. Members of the Horizon team will also be visiting local schools over the coming months to talk to students about the studies.
 
Anybody wanting to express an interest in joining the community dig should contact Horizon freephone on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com before 26 July.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Saranne Postans – 07757 845269 or saranne.postans.contractor@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
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HORIZON NEWS - 23.06.2017

Horizon response to National Audit Office report

A Horizon spokesman said: “The report rightly highlights both the benefits of new nuclear and the challenges that we need to address. We are confident, given the tried and tested nature of our technology and if we learn lessons from the NAO’s report, that we can meet these challenges and deliver at a competitive price”

“We welcome the recognition in the report of the role nuclear can play in helping the UK achieve a low carbon electricity mix at the lowest-cost and that this is a view supported by a wide range of independent energy analysts. Our lead project, Wylfa Newydd, will be a vital part of the UK’s energy future, alongside other nuclear projects as well as renewables.”

“We also recognise the need to continually remake the case for new nuclear, including on cost, as the report sets out. The benefits of nuclear in terms of clean, reliable and secure electricity are clear, but these must also be delivered at a price that works for consumers, the Government, and investors. We will continue to work with all parties, including the Government, to ensure that our project meets this test and the report highlights many of the key areas that we are already considering.”
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 23.06.2017

More than 1,000 people across North Wales join conversation on Wylfa Newydd

Horizon has completed its latest stage of consultation after speaking with more than a thousand people across Anglesey and North Wales about its updated proposals for the new Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.
More than 800 people came along to Horizon events across Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy. As well as holding public exhibitions in village halls and community centres, Horizon took its consultation bus into communities and to popular locations such as supermarkets, quaysides, farmers’ markets and tourist hotspots. The team also visited the livestock market at Gaerwen and the cafe at Bangor Hospital to hear people’s views on the Project.
 
Horizon met more than 200 younger islanders during lunchtime visits to all five secondary schools on Anglesey in its consultation bus. Members of the team explained more about the project and the range of careers that will be on offer at the new power station.
 
Horizon’s latest proposals include appointing a Welsh Language and Culture Coordinator, supporting an Employment and Skills Service, improving science and technology facilities for all five secondary schools on the island, supporting investment in new build affordable housing, and a fund to support marketing initiatives and skills and training for the tourism sector.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Horizon, said: “Our aim was to make it easier for more people to speak with us in more places than ever before. So we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to come and see us, whether that was in Cemaes Village Hall, Holyhead Leisure Centre or Caernarfon Town Square. 
 
“Thank you also to everyone who sent us their feedback on our proposals. We’ll now read and carefully consider all comments received as we finalise our application to build the power station, before submitting it later this year.”
 
As part of Horizon’s application to build the power station - known as a Development Consent Order - it will submit a Consultation Report that captures all of the themes and issues fed back at every stage of formal public consultation. It will also outline how people’s views have been taken into account.
 
Separately, Horizon will soon be consulting on other aspects of its Project which require planning permissions from Isle of Anglesey County Council. These include improvements to the existing A5025 between Valley and the Wylfa Newydd site, and updated proposals to prepare and clear the Wylfa Newydd site for development. Horizon will share more information about these proposals with local residents in the weeks ahead.
 
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For more information contact:
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
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HORIZON NEWS - 22.06.2017

Horizon announces National Eisteddfod 2017 sponsorship

Horizon Nuclear Power is proud to be sponsoring the National Eisteddfod, supporting a science roadshow highlighting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to young people across Anglesey.
The science roadshow, which starts this week, gets youngsters excited about STEM subjects through interactive activities and events. Run by the team organising this year’s National Eisteddfod of Wales 2017, the events will build to a series of events taking place at this year’s Festival.
 
This summer’s Eisteddfod will be the first time Horizon has attended and is pleased to have a space in the Science and Technology Pavilion. The company will have a range of fun and interactive activities on offer, designed to encourage children and their families to think about how they use STEM skills and ideas in everyday life.
 
Greg Evans, Horizon’s Operations Director, said: “The Eisteddfod is a nationally important event that we’re thrilled to be attending and supporting.
 
“As a celebration of the Welsh language and culture we want to take our place, to make a commitment to the community we’ll be part of for the next 100 years.
 
“We’re looking forward to an exciting calendar of events and concerts, and the opportunity to speak with people from across Wales and beyond. The festival promises to be one of the most successful yet and we’re delighted to be part of it.”
 
Elfed Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru said: “We’re really grateful for the support from Horizon and look forward to welcoming the team for the first time. Their support through the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education through the Welsh Language has had a real impact on the young people of Anglesey and Gwynedd and we’re looking forward to working alongside them to ensure a real legacy to our work locally.”  
 
Come along and meet the Horizon team in the Science and Technology Pavilion!
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
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