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Here you can find all the latest news regarding Horizon Nuclear Power and our sites at Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury.

If you are a member of the media and would like to speak to our Press Office, please call: 01242 713 677 (24hrs) or email one of the team: mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

HORIZON NEWS - 13.11.2017

Horizon to hold next open surgery on 20 November

Horizon Nuclear Power is giving local people the chance to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project at its next Open Surgery on Monday 20 November.
The monthly Open Surgeries are held on the third Monday of every month on a drop-in basis, so appointments aren’t necessary. Anyone interested in attending can meet the Horizon team at Amlwch Town Hall between 2.30pm and 6.30pm.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “This is our last Open Surgery in Amlwch this year, so we look forward to welcoming anyone who wants to meet the team and ask us questions about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
“We’ve had a busy few weeks, with the submission and acceptance by Natural Resources Wales, of our Radioactive Substances Regulation Environmental Permit.
 
“It marks a major milestone in the Project, as all operating nuclear power stations in the UK need to hold this licence. If it’s granted, it means we’ll be allowed to manage and move radioactive material from the Wylfa Newydd site.”
 
More information about the wider Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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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 - 10.11.2017

Horizon commissions independent report into the future of the energy mix

Today a new report by respected independent think tank ResPublica has been published looking at the future of the country’s energy mix.
‘Expanding Horizons: The Role for New Nuclear in the UK’s Energy Mix’, makes the case for new nuclear as a significant part of the wider solution to closing the energy gap and why it is vital to our aspiration for a sustainable, low carbon, and secure energy mix alongside renewables.
 
The report also looks at just how crucial nuclear power is for the UK when it comes our position as a global leader in energy innovation, and as an energy-secure trading partner across the world.
 
To access the report please click here.
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 06.11.2017

Horizon welcomes Natural Resources Wales’ public consultation on application for an Environmental Permit

Horizon welcomes Natural Resources Wales’ public consultation on our application for an Environmental Permit.
It’s the latest in a series of applications we are making to operate Wylfa Newydd Power Station on Anglesey. As a responsible developer our application details how we will manage, discharge, transfer and dispose of radioactive material and waste from our power station. It represents a positive milestone that is designed to ensure all emissions from our power station are within the rigorous and safe levels set by NRW helping to give confidence to the local community.
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HORIZON NEWS - 27.10.2017

Former teacher boosts Horizon’s education programme

Former chemistry teacher Awen Ashworth has joined Horizon Nuclear Power’s Futures team as the company continues to invest in education and skills development.
Awen recently joined Horizon’s ‘Futures’ education team, which aims to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, supporting the programme’s primary outreach work.
 
As a former Ysgol David Hughes teacher in Menai Bridge and a laboratory supervisor at Siemens in Llanberis, Awen will help shape Horizon’s primary school outreach, bringing STEM subjects to a younger audience – particularly Foundation and Key Stage 2 pupils. Alongside delivering lessons in schools across the region, Awen will also help create all-new teaching material so younger pupils, their parents and teachers can start to explore the world of STEM and the exciting possibilities it can offer.
 
Claire Burgess, Education Programme Coordinator at Horizon, said; “Awen is a great addition to our growing team, and we’re delighted she’s joined us.
 
“We know inspiring a curiosity in our surroundings at a young age encourages creativity later in life, so Awen’s experience and focus on expanding our Futures programme at primary level will help to build primary students’ skills now and into the future. We’re looking forward to meeting parents, teachers and pupils – who knows, they could go on to be the Generation Director at Wylfa Newydd in the future!”
 
For more information on the Futures programme and to download and view the educational resources and activities visit, www.horizonnuclearpower.com/education. To request more information about Futures, or arrange a visit to a school, email community@horizonnuclearpower.com.

More information can be found on Horizon Nuclear Power and Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, or calling 0800 954 9516, or follow Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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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 - 20.10.2017

Horizon continues commitment to North Wales apprentice scheme

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced a further investment of £90,000 in Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Cwmni Prentis Menai, taking the total amount invested in the scheme by the company to over half a million pounds since the apprenticeship scheme was set up in 2010.
Initially established to provide specialist skills training for the planned low-carbon energy projects under Anglesey’s Energy Island programme, the scheme has now developed to provide construction skills training as those projects near the construction stage. Unlike traditional apprentice contracts, Cwmni Prentis Menai employs apprentices directly and places them with local small and medium sized companies, where they develop their practical skills.
 
Alongside Welsh Government, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd County Councils and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Horizon has invested in the scheme since launch in order to boost skills development and training across North Wales. Horizon also offers its own technical apprenticeship scheme, which is currently in its second year.
 
Greg Evans, Horizon’s Operations Director, said: “Cwmni Prentis Menai is an employment success story, and one we’re pleased to continue supporting. Although we’re now into Horizon’s second year of offering technical apprenticeships – through which we employ 21 of our own young people, it’s really important we back initiatives that encourage people into both the engineering and construction sectors.
 
“We expect around 700 construction-related apprenticeships will be created during the build phase of Wylfa Newydd through the supply chain, and investing now will help to kick-start that essential process of learning so that local, qualified and experienced people will benefit from employment in building the landmark Wylfa Newydd power station. Good luck to everyone who applies for the scheme.”
 
Dr Ian Rees, Grŵp Executive Director - Business Development said: “We’re extremely pleased to see Horizon continuing their commitment to Cwmni Prentis Menai.
Our intention is to provide placements for 16 new apprentices, many of which will be in Civil Engineering and Construction. The aim of these placements is to address the skills in demand during the preparation and construction phase of Wylfa Newydd-related work.”
 
Examples of the companies currently offering apprenticeships through Cwmni Prentice Menai are Ysbyty Gwynedd Maintenance Department, Varcity Living, Lynwood Joinery, Bejewell Joinery Ltd, DJB Plumbing and Heating, Bespoke Joinery Solutions, and AK Developments.  
 
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 – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Since 2010, the scheme has enrolled over 140 individuals and so far, 71 have completed their apprenticeship framework, with more due to complete this year. Typically the apprentices have a record of gaining employment, of the 71 who have completed their framework 90% have gone on to gain relevant full-time employment.
  • Any employers or apprentices interested in benefiting from this scheme should contact busnes@llandrillomenai on 08445 460 460.
     
  • 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 - 09.10.2017

Men in Sheds gets a grant from Horizon

A group of gardening enthusiasts will be able to grow a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables all year round, thanks to a charitable donation from Horizon Nuclear Power.

The Morlo Community Men’s Shed Group, based at the Gwelfor Community Centre in Holyhead and a member of Men’s Shed Cymru, was formed to create a support network for retired men from Holyhead and Anglesey.  The group brings members who enjoy gardening and outdoor activities together, helping them combat loneliness by sharing their skills and developing friendships.
 
Using the donation from Horizon, the group has bought a new polytunnel, enabling the gardeners to grow more vegetables from seed, to supply the Gwelfor Community Centre with fresh produce all year round.
 
Members of the Morlo Community Men’s Shed Group are also planning to become more active members of the community as a result of the donation, by sharing their green-fingered tips with various groups, including Llanfawr Primary School, Morawelon Youth Group and the Meithrinfa Morlo nursery. Separately, Horizon has also made a donation to the nursery in support of a new oven, which will mean it can provide more home-cooked food for the children.
 
Delyth Owen, Community Involvement Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to support the Morlo Community Men’s Shed Group. It’s such a worthy cause that does a great deal of good work in the local community. Our donation will help them step up their brilliant efforts to produce even more delicious locally grown fruit and vegetables, and help their membership grow.”
 
Allan Huband, at Morlo Community Men’s Sheds, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Horizon for helping us to buy a new polytunnel. It’s an essential piece of equipment that we’ve been trying to purchase for a while, as our membership has expanded, so we now have the capacity to do even more within the local community with the right equipment to support us.
 
“We’re aiming to supply the Gwelfor Community Centre’s kitchen with our home-grown fruit and vegetables for the weekly lunch club, which provides a hot two course meal for up to 40 retired, lonely or lower income people at a reduced cost. It’s a vital service and we’re thrilled we’ll be able to support it.”
 
More information on Horizon’s Charitable Donations, Community Support & Sponsorship scheme is available on its website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/about/community-support.
 
To find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, call 0800 954 9516, or follow Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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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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Greg Evans with Men's Sheds