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HORIZON NEWS - 18.09.2017

Next generation of Wylfa Newydd workers start their apprenticeships on Anglesey

Horizon Nuclear Power has welcomed its second intake of technical apprentices to the Wylfa Newydd team as the company continues to invest in a future workforce to support Wales’ most significant energy project in a generation.
The 11 apprentices come from schools across North Wales, and have just begun their three-year apprenticeship, which is run by Horizon in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The apprentices are part of the operations team that will run the nuclear power station, once constructed.
 
Two of the new apprentices, Jack and Sion, applied for the apprenticeship after taking part in the 2016 Work Insight Week, where they spent a week with the Horizon team learning more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Sion said: “I’m very proud to be starting my career in the nuclear sector, working on the Wylfa Newydd Project. Taking part in last summer’s Work Insight Week helped me make up my mind, so I applied for the scheme in February and was really pleased to be accepted. It’s a huge opportunity and I can’t wait to start my training with Horizon.”
 
Gerwyn Williams, Horizon’s Apprenticeship Manager, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome our second cohort of apprentices, kick starting their careers in the nuclear industry through our technical apprenticeship scheme.
 
“We’re committed to recruiting ambitious, talented future engineers to work on the Wylfa Newydd Project. Our latest apprentices will have the chance to develop their knowledge across a range of technical and practical skills while working with the team who will build and operate Anglesey’s new nuclear power station.”
 
To register interest in Horizon’s 2018 Apprenticeship Scheme, please email careers@horizonnuclearpower.com or call 0800 954 9516.
 
For more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com 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.
     
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:
  • www.nucleargraduates.com
  • www.nsan.co.uk/careers
  • www.cogentskills.com
  • www.regennuclear.com
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 11.09.2017

Horizon’s announces autumn Open Surgeries

Horizon Nuclear Power’s Open Surgeries will resume on 18 September at Cemaes Village Hall and will be open from 1.30pm to 7.00pm.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s Open Surgeries will resume on 18 September at Cemaes Village Hall and will be open from 1.30pm to 7.00pm.

Held on the third Monday of each month, Horizon’s Open Surgeries are a great way of learning about the Wylfa Newydd Project and meeting the team.

Following a busy summer of events, including the National Eisteddfod in Bodedern and the Anglesey Agricultural Show, Horizon will resume its programme of Open Surgeries this month.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “It’s been a fantastic summer for Horizon where we’ve engaged with people at the big summer shows as well as through our third stage of consultation, which completed in June.

“We’re now looking ahead to what promises to be another busy few months and want to continue to engage with the local community and answer their questions. So if you have any comments or queries, or just want an update on our Project, please do come and visit us.”

To find out more about Horizon’s community engagement events, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com. If you’d like to get in touch, please call the Wylfa Newydd freephone hotline 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:

• 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 - 05.09.2017

Horizon announces two new Leadership Team members

SEPT 5th 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of Rabih Hafez as Project Planning Unit Director effective from 1st September 2017 and James Jones as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Rabih has over 34 years of international experience working on multi-billion dollar nuclear projects including Nuclear New Builds.  Most recently he was Senior Project Manager for Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant in Slovakia, one of the most advanced Nuclear New Build projects in Europe.
His other new build credentials include working for engineering, infrastructure and power company SNC-Lavalin on nuclear refurbishments and Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear new build proposal and with Assystem providing services for the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates.
 
Rabih will head up Horizon’s newly created Project Planning Unit (PPU), which will bring together the best of Horizon’s internal expertise with that of its Engineering Procurement and Construction partners, Menter Newydd and incorporate additional ABWR planning and construction capabilities from Japanese utilities.  
 
James experience spans 25 years in the nuclear and energy sector.  He worked for Horizon as Principal Counsel for five years before being appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary effective of 1st August 2017. Previously he worked at PowerGen and EON. James leads the legal team, which is responsible for maintaining compliance and governance across Horizon.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power, said, “I am delighted to announce James’ promotion and to welcome Rabih. Both have a wealth of experience and expertise. Rabih’s expertise in infrastructure, commercial, design and construction and project management will further strengthen our delivery planning as we progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.”

Rabih Hafez said, “Having worked across the world on nuclear projects, the UK is one of the best places to be right now for new build and it’s a great honour to join the Horizon Leadership Team to help deliver Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey. All the building blocks are there for Horizon to be a real success and I look forward to working with them as they move into the next phase of their growth and development.”
 
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 and is progressing its application for the main planning consent – a Development Consent Order. 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.
 
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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.
 
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 21.08.2017

Cemaes gets into the carnival spirit with support from Horizon

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated £5,000 towards this year’s Cemaes Carnival, through its Charitable Donations, Community Support & Sponsorship scheme.
The annual event, which has been held on August Bank Holiday Monday since 1934, relies on donations from local organisations and the fundraising efforts of the committee throughout the year to go ahead.
 
However, given the unpredictability of August Bank Holiday weather, Horizon has donated £5,000 to enable the organisers to buy a new marquee to keep visitors and stalls dry and sheltered, whatever the weather.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said; “Cemaes Carnival is a long-running event that brings together the community and tourists from far and wide.
 
“It’s also held down the road from the Wylfa Newydd site office, so we wanted to offer support to the team that organise it. While we’re all hoping for a sunny weekend, the donation will help make sure it’s another huge success come rain or shine.”
 
Steve Bray, leader of the Carnival Committee, said; “We’re extremely grateful to Horizon and everyone else who donated towards the carnival. Without support from local businesses and other community groups the event wouldn’t be possible.
 
“The new marquee is particularly important as poor weather has sometimes harmed the success of the carnival in the past, but we now have a contingency if it rains. On behalf of the whole committee I would like to thank Horizon for its generosity.”
 
This year’s carnival will be on the 28 August, with the procession starting at 1pm and festivities taking place throughout the day. For more information about the event, go to Cemaes Carnival’s Facebook page or email cemaescarnival@aol.com
 
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 - 01.08.2017

Anglesey students experience work life at Horizon

A group of Year 11 and Sixth Form students from schools across Anglesey were given a taste of working life at Wylfa Newydd last week as part of Horizon’s Work Insight Week.

Held at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni, Horizon’s Work Insight Week gives students access to Horizon team members who run a range of activities designed to teach them about the working life of Wylfa Newydd. Alongside an explanation of how to build and operate the proposed nuclear power station, the students got to visit the site and learn more about the scale of the Project and the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring.
 
The students also got to try out a range of skills they’ll need to excel in their future careers. As well as testing their interview skills, they learnt about the importance of communication, leadership and team working and were asked to create and deliver a presentation on the Project to the Horizon team with Horizon’s Operations Director, Greg Evans, judging the entries.
 
Greg said: “It was great to meet such a talented and enthusiastic group of young people and to welcome them to life at Wylfa Newydd.
 
“I was very impressed with their willingness to get involved, take the opportunity to learn more about us and gain essential skills for life. I wish each of our 2017 group all the very best for the future – who knows some of them may come and join us as apprentices or graduates in the future!“
 
Luke Williams, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “Work Insight Week brings Wylfa Newydd to life in an exciting way – I took part last year, and learnt a lot.
 
“As an apprentice, I’m now part of the business and that’s a really great place to be and would definitely encourage students to get involved too!”
 
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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Work Insight attendees with Greg Evans and Claire Burgess

HORIZON NEWS - 28.07.2017

Horizon consults on plans for A5025 improvements and site preparation

Plans setting out Horizon‘s proposed improvements to sections of the A5025 and for preparing its Wylfa Newydd site for construction will be consulted on during a series of events to be held during August.
Horizon first asked local people for their views in 2016 on its plans to widen, reconstruct and add a new surface layer to parts of the A5025 between Valley and the Wylfa Newydd site. This stage of consultation includes minor changes that have been made as a result of feedback received to date and further design work by the Horizon team.
 
The changes include minor adjustments to the parts of the existing road that will join with Horizon’s proposed new sections, new plans for drainage, refinement of cycle and pedestrian crossings and increased sections of replacement hedges, walls and tree planting.
 
This consultation doesn’t include the new sections of road to bypass villages along the A5025 being proposed by Horizon as these will be dealt with under our Development Consent Order application to build the Power Station.
 
Similarly, this further consultation on Horizon’s plans for site preparation and clearance comes after local people were asked for their views on the initial draft proposals last year.
 
Since then there have been a number of changes to the plans including a reduction in the duration of work from 24 to 15 months and new commitments to maintain access to public footpaths and the Fisherman’s Car Park. Horizon will also delay its work to remove topsoil and install drainage infrastructure until the main construction phase of the Project gets underway.
 
By carrying out this site preparation work before it receives permission to build the Power Station, Horizon is able to reduce the overall construction time of the main build phase.  
 
In each case, Horizon will finalise its proposals following these consultations and submit planning applications to Isle of Anglesey County Council later this year.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “These are important pieces of work that we need to complete before we start the main construction phase of Wylfa Newydd. Because these are separate planning applications to the main power station development they weren’t part of our main Stage Three consultation that took place earlier this summer.
 
“We’ve made some changes to our original proposals for both the site preparation and road improvements, and we’re keen that local people have the opportunity to find out what’s new and give us their views.”
 
Horizon will be holding a series of four events in our consultation bus:
Thursday 17 August: Douglas Inn car park, Tregele; 10am – 1pm
Thursday 17 August: Holland Hotel car park, Llanfachraeth; 4pm – 7pm
Friday 18 August: Glascoed Road car park, Cemaes; 10am – 1pm
Saturday 19 August: The Valley Anglesey car park, London Road, Valley; 10am – 1pm
 
People can also find out more by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation between Wednesday 2 August and Thursday 31 August or by calling free on 0800 954 9516
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