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HORIZON NEWS - 15.01.2018

Horizon announces first open surgery of 2018

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first Open Surgery of 2018 will be held on Monday 22 January in Cemaes Village Hall.

Local people are invited to come along and meet the team between 1pm and 7pm to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. The session is open to everyone on a drop-in basis, so no appointments are needed.
 
From February the events will take place on the third Monday of each month in Cemaes Village Hall.  The latest information, documents, maps and images will be available to view at each session.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “2018 is already proving to be another busy year for us here at Horizon as we continue with our preparations to submit our Development Consent Order – the permission we need to build Wylfa Newydd – to the UK Government.  
 
“As part of these preparations we’ve refined the final details of our plans and are consulting on these updates until 16 February.  If anyone would like to know more about this or learn more about the Project, our team will be on hand to answer questions during our open surgery.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
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HORIZON NEWS - 12.01.2018

Horizon launches consultation on areas for wildlife mitigation and land requirements ahead of main power station application

Horizon Nuclear Power will be consulting on the creation of new ecological areas and wetland habitats to help reduce the possible effects of constructing Wylfa Newydd, together with land boundary refinements, between 16 January and 16 February.

Horizon’s main application for Wylfa Newydd, known as a Development Consent Order (DCO), is entering its final stage of preparation. As part of this extensive work, Horizon has identified the need for some additional areas of land, which are needed for the following reasons:
  • To create or enhance wetland sites across Anglesey that, as well as compensating for any potential impact construction may have on the Tre’r Gof Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is within the site boundary, would also enhance and improve the wetland ecology elsewhere on the island. Horizon is currently looking at a number of sites between Cemaes and Amlwch and to the north of Llangefni
  • For two new ecological mitigation areas to reduce the effects of the site clearance plans on wildlife, and minor changes to our connection to the national grid sub-station within the Wylfa Newydd Development Area
  • The confirmed order limits (the boundary of all the land needed to carry out the works) for the new sections of A5025 between Horizon’s site and Valley, and minor refinements to the boundaries of the proposed Off-Site Power Station Facilities at Llanfaethlu and Logistics Centre at Parc Cybi.
Horizon is holding a consultation on these aspects between Tuesday 16 January and Friday 16 February 2018, giving people locally an opportunity to give their feedback before the main application for the power station is submitted in Spring 2018.
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales for Horizon, said: “As one of Europe’s largest construction projects, we’re very aware that building and operating a nuclear power station is a long-term project which comes with its own challenges and impacts. These refinements to our proposals include helping to manage any impact on the ecology at and near our site, and is part of our fundamental commitment to be environmentally responsible for the lifetime of our project.
 
“As part of this, we’ve been working closely with Isle of Anglesey County Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) on a proposal to create new areas of wetland on Anglesey, as well as improve an existing one. We believe that, together with two ecological areas next to site, these important measures will help protect and preserve Anglesey’s wildlife as we build and operate Wylfa Newydd.
 
“Listening to residents on these proposals makes sure we continue to put Anglesey and wider North Wales at the heart of what we do, so we can deliver positive benefits for generations to come. We look forward to meeting and hearing from people in the coming weeks.” 
 
Horizon is holding a number of events and drop-in sessions on Anglesey and in North Wales:
 
FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 1pm – 4pm, Amlwch Memorial Hall, Amlwch
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 10am – 1pm, Llangefni Town Hall, Llangefni
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 4pm – 7pm, Cemaes Village Hall, Cemaes Bay
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 10am – 1pm, Llanfachraeth Village Hall, Llanfachraeth
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 4pm – 7pm The Valley Anglesey, Valley
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 10am – 12pm Conwy Library, Castle Street
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2pm – 5:30pm Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor
FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2pm – 7pm Cemaes Village Hall, Cemaes Bay
 
More information on the proposals will be available when the consultation opens on Tuesday 16 January. Anyone unable to make it to an event, or who wants to find out more, can visit Horizon’s consultation website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. More details are also available via Horizon’s established Freephone line on 0800 954 9516 and email enquiry address, wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 18.12.2017

Amlwch high street hots up thanks to Horizon

A donation from Horizon Nuclear Power has helped Cwmni Cymunedol Amlwch Cyf buy a new energy saving heating system for the Amlwch Community Shop, helping it serve the community all year round.
Cwmni Cymunedol Amlwch Cyf successfully applied for funding through Horizon’s Charitable Donations, Community Support & Sponsorship scheme earlier this year. The donation has allowed the group to replace the community shop’s existing heating system with two energy efficient air to air heat pumps – keeping the shop warm, reducing the carbon footprint and reducing running costs.
 
The Amlwch Community Shop, located on Queen Street, was opened by Cwmi Cymunedol Amlwch Cyf in February 2017 and is run by volunteers from the town. The shop provides a valuable resource for the local community, not only selling great products but also promoting the heritage of Amlwch. The team encourages reusing, recycling and sustainability, and is an important part of the Amlwch community.
 
Once fully established the shop will become 100 per cent self-sufficient with surplus funds being used to support community events and activities. It is hoped that the first donations will be distributed 1st March 2018. Working alongside Job Centre Plus and Cyfle Cymru, accredited training opportunities will be provided to volunteers so they can gain experience and build their confidence, while developing new skills which can then be transferred into the workplace.
 
Carli Evans-Thau, Secretary of Cwmni Cymunedol Amlwch Cyf, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Horizon for helping us improve the heating in the shop. The new heat pumps will make the building much cheaper and efficient to run, allowing us to put any extra funding towards community based activities.
 
“We opened the shop to try and replace the function of some businesses that have left the town over the last few years. Residents needed somewhere local to buy affordable products, so the Amlwch Community Shop provides that service, but it’s also become a popular hub for local people and tourists.It is important to remember however that there wouldn’t be a community shop without the dedicated team of volunteers and generous donors”
 
Delyth Owen, Community Involvement Officer at Horizon, said: “We’re happy to provide support the shop and we recognise how vital community ventures like this are to the town. We’re passionate about supporting community-focused businesses with energy and resource efficiency, and installing the new heating in the shop will help the organisation do exactly that.”
 
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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HORIZON NEWS - 14.12.2017

UK ABWR reactor technology approved - Major leap forward for Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd

Horizon Nuclear Power today welcomed the announcement that the UK ABWR has been approved for use in the UK, paving the way for the technology to be built at Horizon’s planned developments on the Isle of Anglesey and in Oldbury-on-Severn.

These projects will create tens of thousands of jobs and ultimately provide more than 5.4GW of clean, secure and affordable electricity, enough to power some 10 million homes.
 
Approval marks the conclusion of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA), a rigorous technology assessment by the UK regulators. This milestone has been achieved on time, thanks to the proven quality of the ABWR and the close collaboration of the Hitachi-GE, Horizon and GE-Hitachi team.
 
This is another achievement for the ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor), four of which have been successfully built and operated – to time and budget - and the design has now achieved approvals under four different regulatory regimes worldwide.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon CEO, said: “This is a huge milestone for Horizon and a major leap forward for us in bringing much-needed new nuclear power to the UK. Nuclear can deliver high volumes of stable low carbon energy, which makes it a vital part of the country’s electricity mix and once up and running, both Wylfa Newydd and our Oldbury site will supply clean, reliable power to the UK for decades to come.
 
“It’s testament to the strength of the combined team, and the proven nature of the technology, that the GDA process has been completed and delivered on time.”
 
Tadashi Kume, President & Representative Director of Hitachi-GE, said: “Meeting the famously high standards of the UK regulators  and completing GDA within our five year target further demonstrates the strength of this project, and capability of the team delivering it. GDA is a thorough and rigorous assessment, and receiving approval on schedule is a credit to the outstanding design of the UK ABWR.  
 
“Since 2012, we have been the subject of extensive assessment and scrutiny by the regulators. Throughout this process, their expertise and professionalism has been second to none. We now look forward to supporting Horizon’s ramp-up of site-specific licensing for Wylfa Newydd.” 
 
The GDA approval of the UK ABWR comes on top of steady progress being made by Horizon with the Wylfa Newydd project. This includes the submission of the Site Licence Application, and successful completion of a third public consultation.
 
 
The news has also been welcomed more widely:
 
  • Albert Owen MP, Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn, said: “I welcome today’s news that the Generic Design Assessment for the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor has been completed. The four years of hard work and dedication is admirable. This is a significant milestone and I am pleased that the UK ABWR has met the very high standards of safety required by UK regulators. I look forward to continued engagement with the Wylfa Newydd project team and its onward development.”
 
  • Dennis Evans, Chair of the independent Wylfa Newydd Project Liaison Group, said: “I’m very pleased to note this significant milestone in the project’s development. Completion of the rigorous four-year assessment of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor to the satisfaction of the UK Regulators, and within the timescale set by Hitachi-GE is notable and commendable. I look forward to seeing the final detailed proposals for the Wylfa Newydd development in due course, and congratulate the team in bringing the Generic Design Assessment to a satisfactory close.”
     
  • Guto Bebb MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office, said: “New nuclear has a central role to play in our energy future, delivering secure, low carbon power and supporting jobs and economic growth. Helping to put Wales at the forefront of future technologies and clean growth projects are core objectives of our Industrial Strategy. We must however be absolutely sure that any nuclear reactor used in this country meets our rigorous safety standards. Today’s announcement is an important step forward for the Horizon Nuclear Power project at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey which will bring thousands of jobs for the local area and new nuclear power to millions of homes across the UK.”
 
  • Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government, said: “I am delighted that the Hitachi-GE UK ABWR technology has today successfully concluded Step 4 of the ONR’s Generic Design Assessment process. The completion of this final step to the original timetable is a significant achievement and I congratulate all involved in making this happen. We look forward to the Wylfa Newydd project making further significant strides in 2018”
     
  • Cllr Llinos Medi, Leader of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, said: “This is a key milestone for Hitachi-GE, Horizon Nuclear Power, and another important step forward in the Wylfa Newydd journey. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is renowned as the most stringent regulator in the world and its approval following a comprehensive GDA assessment gives us confidence in the safety and security of the technology provided by Hitachi-GE. The Isle of Anglesey County Council will continue to engage with Horizon Nuclear Power. We are committed to working in partnership to ensure that the project benefits Anglesey and wider North Wales region.”
     
  • Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “I welcome the announcement by Horizon Nuclear Power that they have completed the GDA process and move one step closer to delivery of this project. Nuclear is an important part of a balanced energy strategy to decarbonise the economy. Wylfa Newydd will be a key component of this energy strategy while creating thousands of highly skilled well paid jobs in parts of the country that sorely need them.”
     
  • Richard Harrington MP, Energy Minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “Today’s announcement is a major milestone for the development of new innovative nuclear plants in the UK. As we set out in our Industrial Strategy, we are putting the UK at the forefront of future technologies which have the potential to create value and jobs across the UK. Horizon Nuclear Power’s nuclear technology is one example of this.”
 
  • Sarah Beacock, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Institute, said: “This is an important achievement for Hitachi-GE and all those that have worked on this exciting project.  In completing the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) it further displays to the public, the high standards and behaviours of nuclear professionals working in the industry.”
     
  • Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “The design approval of the UK ABWR is good news for the UK’s new nuclear programme and signals the conclusion of a thorough, rigorous and detailed process by the UK’s independent regulators, widely acknowledged as world class. With two thirds of UK power stations closing between 2010 and 2030, this is an important step in providing secure, reliable and low carbon nuclear power for the future, to homes, businesses and public services. The nuclear sector already accounts for £400 million of Welsh GDP. Future projects will build on this, creating highly skilled jobs and further economic benefit to the communities in which it will be built.”
 
For further information please contact:
 
Horizon: Ben Russell, ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com, 07580 948 106
Hitachi-GE: Tris Denton, tristram.denton@hitachi-hne.com, 07824 408 059
 
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • The UK ABWR underwent a rigorous four-step Generic Design Assessment (GDA) by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to scrutinise its suitability for use in the UK. The ONR has granted the UK ABWR a Design Acceptance Confirmation (DAC), whilst the EA and NRW granted a Statement of Design Acceptability (SODA).
     
  • GDA is the process by which the UK nuclear regulators assess the potential suitability of a design for development at an unspecified location in the UK, examining safety, environmental protection and security. Issue of a DAC and SoDA mark the successful completion of this process.
     
  • GDA of the UK ABWR began in April 2013. The process entailed detailed assessments and submissions across 20 topic workstreams, entailing a peak-team of well over 300 from Hitachi-GE and Horizon.
     
  • Horizon has worked closely with their reactor supplier Hitachi-GE throughout GDA, and is the site license applicant for the proposed developments. GDA does not in itself give permission to construct, and Horizon now begins a process of site specific safety and environmental applications – in parallel to that for their nuclear site license. Once all these permissions are achieved, Horizon can move to construction of Wylfa Newydd.
 
  • The regulators today published the DAC; SoDA; Assessment Reports for each topic (GDA Step 4); ONR Summary Assessment Report and EA & NRW Summary Decision Document. They have also completed publication of all RIs & ROs with resolution plans & closure letters at www.onr.org.uk/new-reactors/uk-abwr/index.htm.
 
  • Hitachi-GE has published their final Generic Pre-Construction Safety Report (PCSR) and Generic Environmental Permit (GEP) at www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.co.uk/gda_library.html.
     
     
    Additional information:
     
  • For more information on GDA and the regulators’ published documents, visit:
  • For more information on Horizon Nuclear Power’s plans at Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury-on-Severn, visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
  • For more information on the UK ABWR and GDA visit: www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.co.uk
  • For more information about Hitachi-GE, please visit www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en
     
     
    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 up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 8,500.
     
    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.
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HORIZON NEWS - 12.12.2017

Horizon to hold last 2017 Open Surgery on 18 December

Horizon Nuclear Power’s last Open Surgery of 2017 will be held on Monday 18 December in Cemaes.
Local people can meet the Horizon team at the Village Hall between 1pm and 7pm to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. The Open Surgeries are held on the third Monday of every month and are open to everyone on a drop-in basis, so no appointments are needed.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve had a very busy and successful year at Wylfa Newydd. We’ll be having a brief rest over the Christmas period, and are already looking ahead to next year and submitting our Development Consent Order – the planning application we need to build Wylfa Newydd – to the UK Government. If anyone would like to learn more about the Project and find out what 2018 holds for us, our Open Surgery team will be on hand to answer questions on Monday 18 December.
 
“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout 2017; from visiting us at the Eisteddfod and Anglesey Show and attending our archaeology digs, to giving us valuable feedback at our summer consultation events.”
 
More information about the 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 - 04.12.2017

Horizon announces new apprenticeship opportunities

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced it will start recruiting its third intake of technical apprentices in early 2018.
Horizon’s comprehensive three-year apprenticeship scheme is designed to help build a strong and talented workforce that can help build and operate the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey. The scheme is designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives creative, ambitious and technically-minded students the chance to work on a major infrastructure project while gaining valuable skills and qualifications.
 
Horizon will be looking for up to an additional 12 apprentices to join the existing 21-strong technical apprentice team in September next year. The new cohort will be based at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Bangor campus before moving to the new Engineering Centre at the Llangefni campus in early 2019, where they’ll develop their engineering skills and work towards a Level 3 apprenticeship in engineering maintenance.  As in previous years, the apprentices will also get the opportunity to visit other engineering sites across the UK to get to grips with working in a live environment.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re very proud of our existing apprentices and the immense contribution they already make to the Wylfa Newydd Project, so we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be taking on a third intake next year. It’s a great scheme, and one that gives local young people a real opportunity to develop and apply their skills to a major Project on their doorstep.
 
“As a business, we’re committed to investing in the next generation of skilled apprentices and believe it’s vital for the success of the Project. It will not only build a pipeline of talented workers here in North Wales, but positions the region as a centre for nuclear engineering excellence. It’s also part of our wider investment in skills – which also includes a £1m investment in Coleg Menai’s new Engineering Centre and more than £500,000 since 2010 for the fantastic Cwmni Prentis Menai scheme.
 
“Good luck to everyone that applies, and I look forward to meeting our new starters later next year.”
 
Dafydd Evans, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today’s announcement is very good news for the young people of North Wales.
 
We are committed to working with Horizon to ensure that local people gain the skills required to develop good careers at Wylfa Newydd. We are very pleased to be working with Horizon in training their apprentices and look forward to welcoming the new cohort in 2018. They can look forward to training in the new world-class facility on our Llangefni Campus.”
 
Jessica Williams, an apprentice at Horizon, said: “I joined Horizon this September and it’s been a fantastic few months.
 
“Wylfa Newydd is one of the biggest engineering and construction projects anywhere in the UK, and the opportunity to work locally to develop my skills and interest in engineering is too good an opportunity to miss. I’m looking forward to continuing my studies and encourage anyone with an interest in technical engineering to apply.”
 
More information about Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme can be found online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme. Applications will open in early 2018.
 
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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:
  • 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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