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HORIZON NEWS - 18.06.2018

Wylfa Newydd receives key European Approval

Horizon Nuclear Power has been granted a key European environmental approval for its lead new build development, Wylfa Newydd.
The plans for the two-reactor project on Anglesey, North Wales, received a positive ‘Opinion’ from the European Commission under Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty which stated that the station will not have significant health or environmental impacts on other Member States.
 
The submission to the Commission, which was made by the UK Government as the host nation for the project, set out how Horizon’s planned safety and containment measures will ensure that the disposal of radioactive waste from the power station will not result in material contamination for any other EU countries.
 
It was assessed against routine operations, decommissioning and spent fuel storage, as well as in the highly unlikely event of accidental release, and found to be in full compliance with European safety standards under all scenarios.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO at Horizon, said: “Approval under Article 37 is another key project milestone for Wylfa Newydd and one that adds to the significant momentum now behind the project.”

“Ensuring the safe operations of our power stations will always be our first and overriding priority and to get this approval - following a very thorough and detailed assessment by the Commission - is another confirmation that we are putting robust plans in place to do just this. We will now continue to work with the environmental regulator in Wales to take this clearance forward for the domestic permits Wylfa Newydd also requires.”
 
As well as being an important approval in its own right, the Article 37 positive Opinion is also a crucial enabler for one of the key domestic environmental permits Horizon requires for Wylfa Newydd.
 
Under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016, the environmental regulator in Wales, Natural Resources Wales, requires a positive Opinion under Article 37 before it can complete its determination of Horizon’s Environmental Permit to cover its radioactive substances activities. Horizon submitted its application for this Environmental Permit in October 2017, at the same time as the Article 37 submission was made to the Commission.    
 
The approval follows the recent submission of Horizon’s main planning permission, the Development Consent Order, comprising some 41,000 pages on all aspects of the project.
 
It also comes after the Ministerial Statement made to the House of Commons by Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy confirming that Wylfa Newydd is the next project in the UK’s nuclear new build programme and announcing the commencement of formal negotiations between Horizon and the UK Government on financing support for the project.
 
For more information, please contact the Horizon press office:
 
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors
 
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. 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 9,000.
 
About Article 37
 
Article 37 of the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (the ‘Euratom Treaty’) states that:
 
“Each Member State shall provide the Commission with such general data relating to any plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever forms will make it possible to determine whether the implementation of such plan is liable to result in the radioactive contamination of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.”
 
The Commission appointed a group of scientific and public health experts to consider the submission before reaching their conclusions. The key passage from the European Commission’s positive Opinion is below and the full text can be read here.
 
“In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form, arising from the two UK-ABWR reactors of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, located in Wales, United Kingdom, both in normal operation and in the event of accidents of the type and associated magnitudes of unplanned releases of radioactive effluents as considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in a radioactive contamination, significant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State, in respect of the provisions laid down in the Basic Safety Standards Directive.”
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 08.06.2018

Find out more about plans for Wylfa Newydd in Cemaes this month

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting local people to meet the team at its next Open Surgery on Monday 18 June to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project, including the recently submitted Development Consent Order (DCO) application.
Running from 1pm to 7pm at Cemaes Village Hall, these drop-in events offer local people an opportunity to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. No appointments are required.
 
Delyth Owen, Horizon’s Community Involvement Officer, said: “The Open Surgeries are a great way for us to talk to people about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring to Anglesey and North Wales.
 
“One major milestone for us this month is the submission of our DCO application for Wylfa Newydd to the Planning Inspectorate. If granted, the DCO gives us the permission needed to start building the power station. It’s a huge step for the Project, and one we couldn’t have reached without the ongoing support and engagement from communities across North Wales. We encourage anyone wanting to learn more about the latest steps for the Project to come along to the June Open Surgery – we look forward to seeing people there.”
 
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 - 05.06.2018

Wylfa Newydd confirmed as UK’s next nuclear new build project - Discussions with UK Government move to next phase

Horizon Nuclear Power has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that discussions for its lead site, Wylfa Newydd, will progress to the next phase. The move confirms the development on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales as the next project in the UK’s nuclear new build programme.

Formal negotiations with the UK Government will now commence, with a joint focus on ensuring Wylfa Newydd represents good value for consumers.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for Anglesey, the nuclear industry, and Horizon, as well as a clear signal of the Government’s commitment to delivering a low carbon future for the UK.”
 
“Building on last year’s regulatory acceptance of our tried and tested reactor technology, it shows real momentum behind the project which will bring huge benefits everywhere from Anglesey to Wales and the UK and Japan. Our focus now is to ensure we continue to deliver on our key project milestones as we move towards construction.” 
 
For more information, please contact the Horizon press office:
 
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors
 
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. 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 9,000.
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 05.06.2018

Horizon submits major plans for nuclear power station - Application for Development Consent Order submitted for Wylfa Newydd

Horizon Nuclear Power has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for permission to build its lead project, Wylfa Newydd, on the Isle of Anglesey. It also submitted applications for four other key permits.

Horizon’s Development Consent Order (DCO) submission comprises some 41,000 pages, 440 documents and over 400 drawings all specifying the nuclear power station and associated work the company wants to develop at the Wylfa Newydd site as well as how it plans to go about it from a technical, logistical and social point of view.
 
In addition to the DCO, Horizon has also submitted key applications for a Marine Licence, Operations Combustion permit, Operations Water Discharge permit and Construction Water Discharge permit from Natural Resources Wales.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon, said: “This is an important day for Horizon. The applications are the product of an enormous amount of work and I’d like to thank the team for all the effort put into the submissions. I’d also like to thank our stakeholders and members of the public for their input.
 
“As we progress with the next phase of our permit applications, the hard work will continue, and I’m confident we have a great team in place to drive forward our progress.”
 
In order to obtain all the consents necessary to build the project, Horizon has sought to demonstrate that it has developed a robust design and assessed its environmental impacts across the power station facilities and associated developments and, where possible, eliminated, reduced or mitigated these impacts.
 
The Planning Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether the DCO application meets the robust standards that will enable it to be accepted for examination, including consideration of Horizon’s pre-application consultations which date back to 2014.
 
If the DCO is accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate, members of the public and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on Horizon’s plans as part of the process. The DCO process takes approximately 17-18 months from submission to determination.
 
For more information, please contact:
          
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
The Development Consent Order can be viewed here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/
 
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. 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 9,000.
 
About the Development Consent Order Process
 
The Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) process was introduced to streamline the decision-making process for major infrastructure projects, making it fairer and faster for communities and applicants alike.
 
The six stages in the process are:
 
Pre-application
Before submitting an application, potential applicants have a statutory duty to carry out consultation on their proposals. The length of time taken to prepare and consult on a project will vary depending upon its scale and complexity. Responding to an applicant’s Pre-application consultation is the best time to influence a project, whether you agree with it, disagree with it, or believe it could be improved.
 
The Planning Inspectorate cannot consider representations about the merits of a proposed application at the Pre-application stage of the process. For advice about how to engage with the process at the Pre-application stage read our Community Consultation FAQ.
 
Acceptance
The Acceptance stage begins when an applicant submits an application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate. There follows a period of up to 28 days (excluding the date of receipt of the application) for the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to decide whether or not the application meets the standards required to be  accepted for examination.
 
Pre-examination
At this stage, the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. A Relevant Representation is a summary of a person’s views on an application, made in writing. An Examining Authority is also appointed at the Pre-examination stage, and all Interested Parties will be invited to attend a Preliminary Meeting, run and chaired by the Examining Authority. Although there is no statutory timescale for this stage of the process, it usually takes approximately three months from the Applicant’s formal notification and publicity of an accepted application.
 
Examination
The Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination. During this stage Interested Parties who have registered by making a Relevant Representation are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters including the representations of all Interested Parties, any supporting evidence submitted and answers provided to the Examining Authority’s questions set out in writing or posed at hearings.
 
Recommendation and Decision
The Planning Inspectorate must prepare a report on the application to the relevant Secretary of State, including a recommendation, within three months of the close of the six month Examination stage. The relevant Secretary of State then has a further three months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.
 
Post decision
Once a decision has been issued by the relevant Secretary of State, there is a six week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court. This process of legal challenge is known as Judicial Review.
 
More information can be found here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/
 
About the Marine Licence and environmental permits
 
Unlike the DCO, the Marine Licence and environmental permits are granted by Natural Resources Wales.
 
The environmental permits required by Horizon are:
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 29.05.2018

Horizon apprentices touch down in Japan - Fact-finding trip part of three year course

The latest cohort of Horizon Nuclear Power’s apprenticeship scheme has touched down in Japan as they start a packed two week tour of the country.

The 11 apprentices – all from the Isle of Anglesey or North Wales – will visit key Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) nuclear teams to learn from the company’s long history in the civil nuclear business. They will also receive an introduction to the training, skills and practices of their Hitachi-GE counterparts in Japan.
 
The apprentices, employed by Horizon since September 2017, are nearing completion of their first year of the three-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with a basic skills and knowledge introduction to the Nuclear Industry.
 
Whilst in Japan, they will visit Shimane ABWR nuclear power station, Kaigan and Rinkai – two of the five factories in Hitachi Works – with a tour of the nuclear equipment manufacturing department. Also scheduled is a meeting with students at the Hitachi Senior Technical High School which includes a tour of the welding, mechanical and electrical class and a lesson in kendo (Japanese fencing).
 
Gwen Parry-Jones, Director, Nuclear Operations for Horizon, said: “We’re proud to be able to offer such a valuable trip to our apprentices who are all from Anglesey or North Wales. We firmly believe the hands-on experience they will have at Hitachi Works will help them develop into the first-rate engineers they are set to become.
 
“Our apprenticeship scheme is at the core of our values. We aim to offer young people a route into engineering that will educate and inspire them.”
 
Tadashi Kume, President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE said: “We are pleased once again to host Horizon’s apprentices and hope they have a memorable experience whilst in Japan. Their visit will help contextualise the environment they will one day work in and offer them an opportunity to meet their Hitachi peers, all the while experiencing different surroundings and culture.”
 
2018 is the third consecutive year of Horizon’s apprenticeship scheme that sees an annual intake of up to 12 male and female apprentices. It is run in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and is made up of a packed learning programme of theory, practical and extra-curricular activities designed to give them the maximum development opportunity over the three years. The trip demonstrates the opportunities Wylfa Newydd is already affording local students from Anglesey and North Wales.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Phillippa Burgess
+44 (0)1242 507702
phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Lowri Joyce
+44 (0)7464 980 601
lowri.joyce@hitachi-hne.com
 
Notes to editors
 
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. 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 9,000. For more information about Horizon Nuclear Power, please visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 25.05.2018

Horizon invests more than £80k in North Wales communities

Local charities and community groups across North Wales have received more than £80,000 in support during the last financial year, thanks to Horizon Nuclear Power’s community support and sponsorship scheme.

More than 60 good causes from across North Wales have benefitted from Horizon’s Community Investment Scheme over the last financial year, including Anglesey Rural Foodbank, Holyhead Rangers FC and Cylch Meithrin Rhyd Y Llan.  The scheme has also part-funded a pop-up cinema in Amlwch for the Caru Amlwch Community Group, funded a new marquee for the Cemaes Village Carnival Committee and new IT equipment for Ysgol Brynrefail.
 
Marian Roberts, Head of Business, Computing and Health & Social Care at Ysgol Brynrefail, said: “The school is committed to introducing computer science experiences to Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, which includes learning valuable career skills such as programming and coding.
 
“To achieve this, we needed to develop our IT resources to provide further STEM* opportunities and further engage both girls and boys in computer science. The support from Horizon has been fantastic and allowed us to provide vital STEM and computer skills to support the futures of our students.”
 
Richard Foxhall, Communication and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’re really proud of the investments we’ve been able to make in local organisations and charities in the last financial year, and are thrilled to see the positive impact of our support.
 
“We’ve invested 80 percent of our overall Community Investment Scheme in the last financial year to good causes across North Wales, demonstrating our commitment to the local area. The Wylfa Newydd Project will be part of the North Wales community for more than 100 years, so we want to make sure that we support local initiatives that benefit people in the area and make a difference.”
 
Horizon Nuclear Power has donated more than £265,000 across North Wales since the Community Investment Scheme’s launch in summer 2014, giving much needed funding support to community groups, charities and local projects.
 
For more information about the scheme and how to apply visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling our Freephone number - 0800 954 9516 - or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
*STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Claire Loveday – 07717 300379 or claire.loveday@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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