News Archive 2013

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Horizon Nuclear Power today said it had agreed a strategic framework contract with Jacobs Engineering Group for the provision of engineering and related technical services.

Horizon Nuclear Power is developing nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The projects are expected to represent multibillion pound investments in the country’s power infrastructure.

The agreement follows the award of three other strategic contracts earlier this month with AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear.
This completes the selection of strategic framework partners. The four successful lead suppliers and their supply chains will work with Horizon for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for Horizon’s lead site, Wylfa Newydd, and to support the development of expertise within Horizon itself.

All four partner companies were selected following a competitive procurement process on the strength of their broad range of expertise, value for money criteria and alignment with Horizon’s company values. These contracts establish long term partnership arrangements with Tier 1 suppliers, and their supply chains. Their work will be crucial in helping Horizon continue its planning and preparation for main construction from 2018.

Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacobs as our fourth and final framework partner. We look forward to working with our new strategic suppliers and their supply chains, as we gather momentum and continue to progress our detailed plans ahead of our first formal public consultation next year.”

Jacobs Group Vice President Conor Doyle stated, “We are pleased to support Horizon’s vision for a new generation of nuclear power stations that achieve a sustainable socio-economic legacy. We look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundations already in place.”

Horizon will procure other works, services and goods that are outside of those frameworks, such as physical works and assurance services. Suppliers interested in direct opportunities or sub-contracting opportunities are encouraged to register their company’s information on the Horizon supplier portal: http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/supplier-registration

Horizon Nuclear Power’s final Open Surgery of 2013 will take place on Monday 16 December at the Village Hall, Cemaes.

Part of Horizon‟s regular community engagement programme, local people can call in to the event at any time between 1pm and 7pm to discuss Horizon‟s Wylfa Newydd project.

Speaking about the event, Alan Smith, from Horizon, said: “As always, our site development team will be on hand to chat to and listen to feedback people have regarding Wylfa Newydd. We always enjoy a good turnout at our Cemaes surgeries, so we hope this event will prove as popular as ever. If anyone has any questions, particularly following the recent progress announcements for the project, I‟d encourage them to pop in and meet the team.”

Horizon‟s Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station will create around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant and will require a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during the construction phase. There will also be significant opportunities for local businesses to play a part in the project.

More information about Horizon‟s plans and current job vacancies can be found on its website - www.horizonnuclearpower.com - while its project team can be contacted via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

London, 4th December 2013 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, Hitachi) and Horizon Nuclear Power (Horizon), a subsidiary of Hitachi, today announced that Hitachi, Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd and HM Treasury signed a co-operation agreement to promote external financing for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

The agreement was signed today with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, at the launch of the Government’s UK Infrastructure plan 2013. It establishes arrangements designed to enable access to the UK Guarantee Scheme that will underpin the establishment of external project finance for the ‘Wylfa Newydd’ project, expected to come on-stream in the first half of the 2020s.

Hitachi and Horizon expect to have the full range of licences and permissions for the first project, Wylfa Newydd, in place by 2018. Horizon is developing plans for two nuclear power station projects at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. External finance, potentially from both equity and debt sources, is expected to be required to fund the construction of the project, and the UK Guarantee Scheme is considered to be a key component of any future financing structure.

Welcoming the agreement, Mr Masaharu Hanyu, Deputy Chairman of Hitachi Europe Ltd. and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Power Systems Business in Europe said: “Our acquisition of Horizon represents a 100 year commitment to the UK. This co-operation agreement is a welcome demonstration of the UK Government’s equal commitment to making a new generation of nuclear power stations a reality.”

Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is excellent news and another step forward for Wylfa Newydd. It will build confidence amongst our supply chain, future workforce, local communities, and importantly potential investors. New nuclear must be a part of the future energy mix given our long term need for reliable low-carbon electricity which is also affordable for the consumer.”

At a minimum of 2,700MW, the Wylfa Newydd power station will produce enough low carbon energy for up to three million homes.

Horizon Nuclear Power today announced it had agreed important strategic contracts with three major UK based companies for the provision of engineering and related technical services.

The company is developing nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.  The projects are expected to represent multibillion pound investments in the country’s power infrastructure.

The successful lead suppliers - AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear - and their supply chains will be working collaboratively with Horizon for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for Horizon’s lead site, Wylfa Newydd, and supporting the development of expertise within the company itself. 
 
The partner companies were selected following a competitive procurement process on the strength of their broad range of expertise, value for money criteria and alignment with Horizon’s company values. These contracts establish long term partnership arrangements with Tier 1 suppliers, and their supply chains.  Their work will be crucial in helping Horizon continue its planning and preparation for main construction from 2018.
 
Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: “These contracts underline our aspiration to become a leading new nuclear utility company and demonstrate real momentum.  Working with our new framework suppliers and their supply chains, I‘m confident we will continue to progress our detailed plans as we prepare for our first formal public consultation next year.  The signing of these contracts also highlights our commitment to working with UK suppliers where possible.”   

The frameworks cover support to Horizon in the following areas:
 
• Development and Planning
• Site Investigation
• Engineering Support                                                                                         
• Environmental Permitting and Waste Management
• Planning and Project Management Support

Each of the successful companies leads a team which brings a wealth of skills and experience to the project.  The partners will be working with Horizon to create opportunities for others in the supply chain where appropriate, including local businesses. 
 
Horizon will procure other works, services and goods that are outside of this framework, such as physical works and assurance services. Suppliers interested in direct opportunities or sub-contracting opportunities are encouraged to register their company’s information on the Horizon supplier portal: http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/supplier-registration
 
As a result of a separate process, Horizon has also selected AMEC, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear to provide regulatory licensing and safety case support.
 
Clive White, President of AMEC’s Clean Energy Europe business, said: “We are proud to have been selected as one of Horizon’s key supply chain partners for this prestigious programme.
 
AMEC has been involved in every single new build programme in the UK and, having the opportunity to partner with Horizon will allow us to support the delivery of nuclear power stations at Wylfa and Oldbury. This is a huge investment in the UK’s nuclear industry, creating both national and local employment opportunities and investing in our country’s energy infrastructure.”
 
Chris Ball, Managing Director of Atkins’ Nuclear business, said: “To be selected as a tier one supplier is testament to the success of Atkins’ long standing relationship with Horizon. We look forward to further combining our technical expertise, cultural values and local presence in the collaborative development of a sustainable and skilled supply chain to support the successful delivery of Wylfa and Oldbury.”

Roger Hardy, Managing Director of London-based Cavendish Nuclear, said: “Horizon’s development plans are of national strategic importance to the UK’s low-carbon future and a major opportunity for UK suppliers.

I’m delighted that Cavendish Nuclear, with our proven track record in the delivery of major nuclear projects, will be working with Horizon and the wider UK supply chain to deliver the next generation of nuclear power plant in the UK.”

Horizon Nuclear Power today announced (4 December 2013) it has agreed important strategic contracts with the suppliers who will provide specialist engineering and technical design services on its Wylfa Newydd power station project on Anglesey.

The successful lead suppliers - AMEC, Atkins, and Cavendish Nuclear - will now work collaboratively with their respective supply chains and Horizon for the next three years, focusing on preparatory technical activities for the new nuclear power station and supporting the development of expertise within Horizon itself. The work will be crucial in helping Horizon continue its desk-based planning as it prepares for main construction at Wylfa from around 2018.

Following a competitive procurement process, the partner companies have been selected on the strength of their broad range of expertise, value for money and their alignment with Horizon’s values. They will also work with Horizon to create opportunities for others in the supply chain and working with local businesses where appropriate.  

Horizon’s Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: “This announcement is another sign that our Wylfa Newydd project is gaining momentum and real progress is being made. These suppliers will be providing us with highly-specialised technical services but, as always, we will encourage them to seek out sub-contracted support from local businesses where possible and appropriate.”

This body of work covers the following areas:

•   Development and planning
•   Site investigation
•   Engineering support
•   Environmental permitting and waste management
•   Planning and project management support.

Businesses based on Anglesey and across North Wales are being encouraged to express their interest in working with Horizon on the Wylfa Newydd project by registering on the company’s supplier portal www.horizonnuclearpower.com/supplier-registration and with the Welsh Government’s existing supplier portal; Sell2Wales www.sell2wales.gov.uk.  Registration with these portals will assist businesses being visible and ready to be accessed by a range of potential clients, including Horizon, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) and Horizon’s Tier 1 partners.

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that the new nuclear power station it plans to build on Anglesey in Wales will be called ‘Wylfa Newydd’ - the Welsh for ‘New Wylfa’ - in recognition of the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island in the years ahead.

The name draws on the heritage of the existing Wylfa facility and recognises the new proposals represent far more than the physical presence of a new nuclear power station on the site. The project represents a multi - billion pound investment that will span many decades, boost the local economy and offer hundreds of long term career opportunities for local people.

Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: "People have come to refer to our project as 'Wylfa B' because, until now, we hadn't given our new power station an official name. Since we were acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. last year, we've made a lot of progress but much of this work has been behind the scenes. Next year our project will start to gather pace in a way that is much more visible to local people, so we felt now was an appropriate time to announce the new name. Our proposal is not just about steel and concrete; it‟s about creating a new, positive and successful future for Anglesey."

The new name was unveiled during an evening reception held on Anglesey with key local partners and stakeholders last night (14 November).

Horizon also told attendees that designs are being worked up for two ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) units as part of a single power station at the Wylfa Newydd site. These proposals, along with more details on the construction timetable, will be set out in detail in the second half of next year.

Alan Raymant continued: "2014 will be one of our busiest years on the project so far. Our colleagues at Hitachi - GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. will move to the second stage of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency. This is the process through which the regulators ensure they're completely satisfied the technology can operate safely. Later in the year, we'll also be launching our first stage of public consultation, showing local people our early proposals and asking for their feedback. Wylfa Newydd has an important role to play on Anglesey and we're looking forward to sharing our early plans with the people who could benefit most."

Horizon will re-launch its Statement of Community Consultation in early in 2014, explaining how it intends to deliver its process of public consultation later in the year.

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that the new nuclear power station it plans to build on Anglesey will be called ‘Wylfa Newydd’ - the Welsh for ‘New Wylfa’ - in recognition of the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island in the years ahead.

The name draws on the heritage of the existing Wylfa facility and recognises the new proposals represent far more than the physical presence of a new nuclear power station on the site. The project represents a multi-billion pound investment that will span many decades, boost the local economy and offer hundreds of long term career opportunities for local people.

Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: "People have come to refer to our project as 'Wylfa B' because, until now, we hadn't given our new power station an official name. Since we were acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. last year, we've made a lot of progress but much of this work has been behind the scenes. Next year our project will start to gather pace in a way that is much more visible to local people, so we felt now was an appropriate time to announce the new name. Our proposal is not just about steel and concrete; it's about creating a new, positive and successful future for Anglesey."

The new name was unveiled during an evening reception held on Anglesey last night (14 November) during which stakeholders and local partners also heard that 2014 would see work resume on the company's Welsh Language Impact Assessment project – a major piece of work designed to assess the impact of a major infrastructure project on the Welsh language, suggest measures to mitigate against any potential negative effects and maximise potential benefits of the project.

Ahead of work resuming on its wider Welsh Language Impact work, Horizon has published its Welsh Language Policy – formalising the company's existing approach to using the Welsh language across the Wylfa Newydd project. Horizon will also provide £20,000 of funding support for Menter Môn enabling it to deliver projects which promote the language in the community. This includes the provision of community facilitators, community translation facilities and 'I understand it, but I don’t speak it’; informal sessions which help build people's confidence in speaking Welsh socially.

Horizon said designs are being worked up for two ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) units as a single power station at the Wylfa Newydd site. These proposals, along with more details on the construction timetable, will be set out in detail in the second half of next year.

Alan Raymant continued: "2014 will be one of our busiest years on the project so far. Our colleagues at Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. will move to the second stage of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency. This is the process through which the regulators ensure they're completely satisfied the technology can operate safely. Later in the year, we'll also be launching our first stage of public consultation, showing local people our early proposals and asking for their feedback. Wylfa Newydd has an important role to play on Anglesey and we're looking forward to sharing our early plans with the people who could benefit most." Horizon will re-launch its Statement of Community Consultation in early in 2014, explaining how it intends to deliver its process of public consultation later in the year.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next community drop-in event on Monday 18 November at The Bull Hotel, Llangefni.

Part of the company‟s monthly series of Open Surgery events, local people can drop in at any point between 1pm and 7pm to ask questions about the proposed power station project at Wylfa.

Alan Smith, who heads up site development at Wylfa for Horizon, said: “Our team will be on hand to chat to local people so we hope this event will prove as popular as past sessions in Llangefni. We always welcome the chance to answer questions and hear feedback face to face so I‟d encourage anyone who‟d like to know more about our work at Wylfa to pop along.”

Horizon‟s new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant and will require a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during the construction phase. There will also be significant opportunities for local businesses to play a part in the project.

More information about Horizon‟s plans and current job vacancies can be found on its website - www.horizonnuclearpower.com - while its project team can be contacted via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Horizon Nuclear Power today welcomed the news from EDF as continuing progress in the UK nuclear new build programme.

Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is important in sustaining momentum behind the UK nuclear programme. Nuclear is a key part of our energy mix, delivering affordable, sustainable, reliable energy and this progress will boost confidence all round.” Regarding Horizon’s developments he said: “We’re progressing well in the development of designs, licensing and permissions activity, recruitment and supply chain development.

“We’re some way from our own price negotiations with Government, but when we get to that stage we are confident we’ll reach a deal that’s fair for bill payers and works for investors.

“Horizon will be a large scale independent power producer with no customers or trading arm, and we are focusing on making sure the EMR process works for that model.”

Horizon Nuclear Power’s project team will be on hand to answer questions about its proposed new power station at Wylfa on Monday 21 October at the village hall, Cemaes.

Part of the company‟s monthly Open Surgery series of events, local people can drop in at any point between 1pm and 7pm.

Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Our monthly Open Surgeries continue to be popular and we really welcome the chance to answer questions and hear feedback face to face. I‟d encourage anyone who‟d like to know more about our work at Wylfa to pop along and meet the team.”

The proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant and will require a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during the construction phase.

More information about Horizon‟s plans and current job vacancies can be found on its website - www.horizonnuclearpower.com - while its project team can be contacted via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next monthly community event on Monday 16 September at Cemaes Village Hall.

Part of the company‟s popular monthly Open Surgery series, the event allows local people to call in and ask questions about the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

Horizon‟s project team will be on hand between 1pm and 7pm.

Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Our August Open Surgery was very well attended, and it was great to see new faces and answer questions about our project. If you‟d like to find out more about our work or pass on any feedback please pop along and meet the team.”  

The proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant and will require a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during the construction phase.

More information about Horizon‟s plans and current job vacancies can be found on its website - www.horizonnuclearpower.com - while its project team can be contacted via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next monthly Open Surgery on Monday 19 August at the village hall in Cemaes. The events give local people the opportunity to call in and ask questions about the proposed new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Horizon‟s project team will be available between 1pm and 7pm, and no appointment is needed.

The proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant and will require a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during the construction phase.

Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “We were very pleased to be at the Anglesey Show last week for our fifth year running. Anyone who couldn‟t call in to our marquee to meet us at the show is very welcome to pop along to our next regular monthly event which is taking place in Cemaes in August. Members of our team will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback.”

Horizon‟s project team can also be contacted via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced three senior management appointments, as it continues a major programme of organisational development.

The company plans to develop and construct at least 5,200MW of new nuclear power generation with the first plant, on Anglesey, coming online in the first half of the 2020s.  

Anthony Webb joins the company as Director of Assurance and Safety; Janet Wilson as Director of Licensing and Permissions and Martin Hough as Head of Design Authority.

Anthony Webb joins from Jacobs Engineering where he has been serving as Director of Operations, Nuclear & Defence and Head of Nuclear Assurance since 2008. Prior to his role at Jacobs, Anthony held executive posts at Energy Solutions EU Ltd including SVP Regulatory and Nuclear and Amersham International/GE Heathcare as Site Director and VP Nuclear Assurance. He has recently supported EDF and NNB GenCo’s senior management team in their Nuclear Site Licence application for Hinkley Point C though their Nuclear Safety Committee, Operational Executive and Board. During his career Anthony has held a number of Board and other non-executive positions, including a period on the Government’s Nuclear Safety & Advisory Committee (NuSAC). In 2012 he was appointed an Independent Member of Horizon’s pre Nuclear Safety Committee.

Dr Janet Wilson joins from Atkins where she has been Associate Director of Energy since 2011, focusing on new build licensing. Prior to this, Janet held a range of senior posts with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). She left the NDA as Director of Safety and Assurance, a high profile role, which required frequent interactions with Government, Regulators and industry. Janet brings with her longstanding nuclear industry expertise. Having begun her nuclear career on AGR reactors in commissioning, safety cases and design, Janet spent 17 years with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (now the Office for Nuclear Regulation) in a variety of senior roles.

Martin Hough joins from Jacobs UK Limited where he is currently Nuclear Assurance Director for Major Projects. In this role he has been an external independent member of the EDF Hinkley Point C Nuclear Safety Committee for over four years. Martin has extensive knowledge and experience in safety, engineering, technical support and commissioning across Magnox, AGR and PWR nuclear power stations. In 2002 he joined the Magnox senior executive team as leader of the Magnox central engineering function, initially as Head of Reactor Services and later as Head of Engineering and Technical Services.  

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon, said: “I’m delighted to announce these appointments. Anthony, Janet and Martin bring a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as Horizon develops into a major UK utility and nuclear operator.
“Over the next few years we will be developing licence, consent and permit applications and building the organisation towards becoming a site licensed company with a strong nuclear safety culture. At the same time we’ll be developing the detailed power plant design for our first site at Wylfa. These new appointees bring a mixture of capabilities and experience which will help drive the company forward to achieve these milestones, preparing us for the construction and operational phases of our projects”.
Horizon’s developments at Wylfa and Oldbury-on-Severn will represent multibillion pound investments in the UK’s infrastructure. Each is expected to create up to 6000 jobs at peak during the construction phase, and around 1000 during operation.

July sees Horizon Nuclear Power return to Llangefni for its next Open Surgery. The event, which is taking place on Monday 15 July at The Bull Hotel, enables local people to call in ask questions about the proposed new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Horizon team member explaining possible power station location to a member of the public on Anglesey

Horizon’s proposals to construct and operate a new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during construction and around a further 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant.

As with previous monthly Open Surgeries, Horizon’s project team will be available between 1pm and 7pm. The team will base itself in the Coach House at the rear of The Bull Hotel.

Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “We’re pleased to be returning to Llangefni in July and would encourage anyone with questions or feedback on our project to call in and meet the team.

“Our team will also be on hand at the Anglesey Show on the 13th and 14th of August.  It‘s the fifth year running that we’ll have a presence there and is always a great way to chat to people from across the island and North Wales who may not have time to pop along to our monthly events.”

Anyone with questions about Horizon’s project can also contact the team via a Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Llanbadrig Community Council has successfully negotiated a long-term lease on a piece of land owned by Horizon that runs between Porth Wylfa and Bonc y Môr in Penrhyn, Cemaes.

Councillor Elfed Jones, Chairman of Llanbadrig Community Council who coordinated and led the negotiations, said: “We have been working with GeoMôn for quite some time, and had identified a piece of land which fits in well with the plan to create a „geotrail‟ and links Cemaes directly to it. We approached Horizon last year with our proposal, which very much depended on us obtaining a lease on the land, and I‟m very pleased that Horizon has been keen to work with us.”

GeoMôn hope to turn a footpath between Wylfa Head and Llanbadrig Church into a treasure trail of geology, culture, history and learning. Dr. Margaret Wood, who is a geologist and Managing Director of the Geopark, said: "Our long term aim is to lay out large boulders of each of the main rock types in Anglesey along the stretch from Wylfa to the west side of Cemaes Bay, with small information plaques at each telling its age, rock type and a short explanation of its formation. These would be arranged from the oldest to the youngest rocks and the space given between them would give an indication of the geological period."

Forming a part of the Coastal Path around Anglesey, the development of a geotrail is seen as a welcome boost to boosting tourism around Cemaes.

Anglesey's Director for Sustainable Development, Arthur Owen, welcomed news of the 'geotrail' development.
He said: "The Ymweld â Môn project, which is administered by the County Council, has supported the geotrail with a £5,000 contribution."

"Ymweld â Môn focuses on the natural habitats and environment which encompasses Anglesey's coastline, and aims to ensure that it can be enjoyed by more visitors in an environmental and educational way."

"The geotrail will therefore add character to the Ynys Môn Coastal Path and introduce features which will reflect the geology and culture of the area, offering a new and interesting perspective for walkers."

Ymweld â Môn is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Alan Smith, Head of Site Development for Horizon at Wylfa said: “We are keen to work with the local community for wider benefit, and were very pleased to be able to assist in the development of this important facility.”

“I believe that this project will give a welcome boost to tourism in the area, and better inform people about the special nature of where we live,” Elfed Jones added. “It‟s quite amazing what you can learn about the history that lies beneath your feet.”
Further information on the GeoMôn project can be found by visiting www.geomon.co.uk

Local people can meet with the Horizon Nuclear Power team and ask questions about its plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa at the company’s next Open Surgery event on Monday 17 June at Cemaes Village Hall.

As with previous monthly Open Surgeries, the event will take place between 1pm and 7pm.

The event follows the company‟s recent announcement that it has signed a major contract with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy to carry out initial design work for the new power station. It also follows a successful supply chain event at Llandudno which attracted over 200 companies to learn how they can become involved in the project at Wylfa, which will create a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during construction and around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades to operate the plant.

Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Our monthly events are a great way for local people to meet our team, give us their feedback and ask any questions they may have.

“Following the recent signing of the contract to begin design work for the new power station at Wylfa, we can now start developing a more detailed timeline for the construction and operation of the station and develop our approach to building our supply chain, providing opportunities for local companies. We‟ll continue to share more detail about our proposals in the months ahead as they develop, but in the meantime we‟d encourage anyone with any questions about our work to drop-in to this event, contact us via our Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or email us at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.”

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced two appointments to its Board of Directors

Mr Duncan Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power, and Mr Sanghoon Lee, General Manager for Accounting, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd., will join the Board as non-executive Directors of Horizon Nuclear Power.
 
The Board members are Chairman Mr Masaharu Hanyu, Chief Executive of Hitachi’s Nuclear Power Systems Business in Europe; Sir Stephen Gomersall, Chairman of Hitachi Europe Ltd. and Mr Tatsuro Ishizuka, CEO of Hitachi Power Systems Company, Mr Hawthorne and Mr Lee.
 
Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon said: “A strong and experienced Board of Directors will provide essential support and guidance to the company as it moves through the major steps of building a UK supply chain and commercial discussions with the UK Government. Both Directors bring a wealth of expertise which will be invaluable in taking the project forward, financing construction and developing Horizon into a UK nuclear operator”.

Horizon Nuclear Power today hailed the high turnout at events held this week in Wales and the South West, to signpost opportunities for contracts from its multi-billion pound power station projects.

The events, held on Tuesday 21st in Llandudno and Thursday 23rd May in Gloucester, were Horizon’s first supplier conferences since its acquisition by Hitachi in November 2012, and attracted some 400 business representatives from across Wales and the UK.
 
The company plans to build between four and six nuclear reactors at sites on Anglesey in North Wales and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.
 
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant, said: “We’re delighted to have seen such a high turnout at these events, and more importantly to have enjoyed really constructive engagement with potential suppliers.
 
“Our projects can provide a real economic boost to the UK, and in particular to the regions around our sites – Wales and the South West of England. Early engagement is crucial to help ensure that suppliers can meet our needs in cost, quality and capacity, and to help make sure that UK businesses are well-positioned to benefit from the project.”
 
Following her address to the conference in Llandudno Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, said: “I am very pleased the event was so well attended by businesses working across a wide range of sectors in Wales. They are all potential suppliers to the future development at Wylfa and it gave them an opportunity to learn more about the roles of Hitachi Ltd, Horizon and HGNE and their proposals for Wylfa.
 
“In particular, it presented participants with an early indication of project timetables and an overview of the work packages which may be tendered as the projects progress. I am delighted that Horizon is engaging with interested parties at this early stage.”
 
UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon MP said: “Our industrial strategy has set out a long- term plan and commitment to the UK’s nuclear industry, to foster exactly this sort of investment. By working in partnership with industry, we can give that confidence to invest, help build the supply chain and create high-skilled jobs here in Britain”.
 
Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon David Jones MP, said: “Horizon’s projects represent a £20billion investment in the UK economy and I am keen to see maximum benefit for Welsh and local firms. Holding their first supplier event since Hitachi’s acquisition in Wales is a real sign of intent, and we are fully behind Welsh companies as they ready themselves to compete for work on the project and bring a real economic boost to Wales.”

Welsh businesses will tomorrow have the opportunity to learn more about the development plans for a proposed new power station at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey, and the opportunities that could arise throughthe project.

Horizon Nuclear Power will host a supplier communication day in Llandudno, with presentations from Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon, Masaharu Hanyu, Chief Executive of Hitachi‟s Nuclear Power Systems Business in Europe, and a range of other speakers from Horizon, Hitachi and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., (Hitachi-GE).

Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, will give a keynote address in the afternoon.

The event is the first of two supplier days which Horizon will host, with the second taking place in Gloucestershire on Thursday May 23rd. Each event is expected to attract some 200 business delegates, as well as a range of industry bodies including the Energy Island Programme, the National Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre Nuclear, and the Nuclear Industry Association.

Alan Raymant said: “Our projects can bring a real, long-term economic boost to the region and we are delighted to be holding our first major supplier day since our acquisition, in North Wales. I look forward to speaking to representatives of local business, and discussing how we can work together in the months and years ahead”.

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced the signing of a major contract with its reactor technology provider, and primary contractor, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE).

The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract sets the framework for design work to be undertaken for the proposed new build project at Wylfa.

Horizon’s Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is a multi-million pound contract stretching over several years, and represents another major step forward in our project”.

“It will support our site development work, allow us to assess the best construction timetable for Wylfa, feed into our public consultations and support the supply chain development strategy. Wylfa is an excellent site for a new nuclear power station, and with the FEED contract in place we will be able to work with Hitachi-GE to develop plans to bring this project to life.”

Mr Hidetoshi Takehara, President of Hitachi-GE, said: “We are delighted to have signed this contract with Horizon, it is a further step forward in the early phase work towards site readiness.”
 
“The FEED contract puts in place the commercial arrangements under which we will work up site-specific design plans for Horizon’s project at Wylfa.”

Horizon and Hitachi will be running supplier events next week in Llandudno and Gloucester to share information about the project with potential suppliers, and has recently invited expressions of interest in a small number of procurement opportunities.

Alan Raymant said: "The majority of the supply chain opportunities will flow from the manufacturing and construction programme, managed by Hitachi-GE on our behalf. In addition, there will be early opportunities to support Horizon's site development activities, and our work building our capability to become the owner and operator of nuclear power stations.

"We'll be looking for suppliers to demonstrate they can deliver to time, cost and quality. We'll also look for suppliers to be innovative in their proposals, making best use of the expertise locally, regionally and nationally."

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its next monthly Open Surgery on Monday 20 May at Cemaes Village Hall. The event, which will take place between 1pm and 7pm, enables local people to call in and ask questions about plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa – no appointment is necessary.

Horizon’s plans to construct and operate a new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during construction and around 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades.
 
Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “These monthly events are a great way for us to listen to feedback and answer questions. For those who can’t drop-in to meet us in person, we’ve also recently updated our website - www.horizonnuclearpower.com - which enables local people to find out key facts about our project at the click of a mouse.”
 
“It’s still early days since our acquisition by Hitachi at the end of last year and we’re continuing to assess the options for our resumed development plan at Wylfa and the likely timescales involved in delivering the project. We’ll share more detail about our proposals in the months ahead as our proposals develop, but in the meantime we’d encourage anyone with any questions about our work to drop-in to this event or contact us via our Freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or email us at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.”

The Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon David Jones MP today hosted an event at Holyhead, celebrating the investment of Hitachi Ltd in Horizon Nuclear power, in a sale which was completed in late 2012.

The event, which was attended by senior representatives of Horizon and Hitachi Ltd as well as local businesses and stakeholders, was held aboard HMS St Albans, visiting the port of Holyhead to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
 
Speaking at the event, Horizon’s Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant looked forward to progress in the year ahead. He said:
 
“We are confident that the year ahead will be characterised by real progress. This time a year ago we did not know whether we had a project. Today we have a committed shareholder in Hitachi, with formidable resources and nuclear expertise. We know the technology we will build at Wylfa, and we are moving into delivery mode.
 
“2013 will be a year of real measurable progress. And every step of the way we look forward to working closely with the people, communities and industries of Wales.”
 
Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Power Systems Business in Europe, Hitachi Europe Ltd, Masaharu Hanyu, referred to “the start of what we hope will be a very long and productive new relationship between our two companies and the people of Wales and Great Britain”.
 
He said: “Hitachi is making huge investments in helping to modernize the UK’s public infrastructure.
 
”With our acquisition of Horizon, Wales will be the centre of a huge new project at Wylfa to help the UK meet its future needs for low-carbon, reliable energy supplies.
 
“We intend to bring to the UK the same excellence and attention to safety and detail that we have developed in Japan, and to do this in partnership with British companies.
 
“We will use local institutions for training, and as we get into the construction phase I am sure that many hundreds of jobs will be created for the benefit of Anglesey and North Wales. We look forward to working with the Wales Office and Welsh Government to maximize these opportunities.”

DU Construction Ltd from Holyhead has been awarded a major contract with Horizon Nuclear Power for demolition activities and associated ecological works to support the proposed new nuclear power station site at Wylfa.

The contract will see DU construction build alternative roosting sites for protected wildlife, such as bats and barn owls, followed by the removal of around fifteen unsafe and uninhabitable buildings on Horizon's proposed site.

News of the new contract award follows a 12-month extension to the company's existing 'call-off' contract with Horizon for work including maintaining and refurbishing properties, so they can be let out to local families, and improving pathways and hedgerows.
Horizon's Head of Site Development, Alan Smith, said: “We were very pleased to see local companies bidding alongside others for this work, and are delighted that a Holyhead-based firm has been awarded the contract. This is important work to remove a number of unsafe buildings, many of which were already boarded up and in a state of disrepair before they came into our ownership at the end of 2011. Despite our best efforts since then, these buildings have suffered from numerous break-ins and vandalism, meaning they now pose a health and safety risk.”

All the structures earmarked for removal are currently home to legally protected wildlife including bats. Any works regarding the re-housing of bats require a European Protected Species Licence and approved, alternative roosting locations for protected species must be provided before any demolition work can begin.

Mark Blackwell, Director of DU Construction Ltd, said: “We are extremely pleased to have won this contract. From our previous experience of working with Horizon, we know they set very high standards, and I am very confident that our workforce is fully able to meet those standards.”

Speaking about the company's work with Horizon to date, he added:

“As well as making use of our in-house team, we've also been able to sub-contract other local specialist companies where required, including mechanical and electrical firm Lloyd Morris Electrical Ltd from Amlwch (LME) and J Taylor Plumbing and Heating from Holyhead.”

“We have been able to add to our workforce of 33 full-time staff, and we've recently appointed a new contracts manager.”

All work will be closely monitored by North Wales-based independent ecological specialists, Cambrian Ecological Partnership, to ensure strict guidelines are met. The demolition project is expected to be completed by the end of June, subject to Horizon receiving the necessary permissions.

Horizon can be contacted via its Wylfa hotline on 0800 954 9516 or via email at 

March sees Horizon Nuclear Power return to Llangefni for its next Open Surgery. The event, which is taking place on Monday 18 March at The Bull Hotel, enables local people to call in ask questions about plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa

Horizon’s plans to construct and operate a new nuclear power station at Wylfa will create a peak workforce of up to 6,000 during construction and a further 1,000 permanent jobs over many decades.
 
As with previous monthly Open Surgeries, Horizon’s project team will be on hand between 1pm and 7pm to answer questions and listen to feedback. The team will base itself in the Coach House at the rear of The Bull Hotel.
 
Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Since our acquisition by Hitachi at the end of last year, we have been busy assessing the options for developing our sites and the likely timelines. We’ll share more detail about our proposals in the months ahead. In the meantime, we continue to hold our monthly community events and anyone who has any questions is very welcome to call in and meet us.”
 
Horizon’s team can also be contacted via its Wylfa information line on 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power will conduct its next Open Surgery on Monday 18 February at Cemaes Village Hall, where local people can call in and ask questions about plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

 
The Open Surgery follows January’s announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had asked the nuclear regulators to begin formal discussions with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. regarding the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). The assessment process plays a key part in enabling Horizon’s plans to develop a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.
 
As with previous monthly Open Surgeries, Horizon’s project team will be on hand between 1pm and 7pm to answer questions and listen to feedback.
 
Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Since our acquisition by Hitachi Ltd last November, we have been extremely busy assessing the options for developing our sites and the likely timelines. We hope to be in a position in the spring to share more details on our proposals for Wylfa. In the meantime, we’ll continue to hold our monthly community events and we warmly welcome anyone who has any questions to call in to the Open Surgery to meet us.”

Horizon’s team can also be contacted via its Wylfa information line on 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power today welcomed confirmation that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has asked the nuclear regulators to begin formal discussions with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., (Hitachi-GE) regarding the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR).

An application to DECC was made by Hitachi-GE earlier this month and relates to the reactor technology that Horizon proposes to use for its planned developments at Wylfa on Anglesey and at Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.
 
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is a significant early step forward. The GDA reactor licensing process plays a key part in enabling our plans to develop a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.”
 
“GDA is a rigorous and demanding process and we are committed to supporting Hitachi-GE and developing Horizon’s ABWR expertise in the process. The ABWR is a proven operational technology which we believe will bring significant benefits to Wales, including 6,000 jobs during construction, around 1,000 long term quality jobs during operation and major opportunities for companies in the supply chain.”
 
Discussing Horizon’s longer term plans Raymant said: “We look forward to setting out more detail on our strategy and programme in the next few months. As always, we will work closely with the local community and its representatives on Anglesey as we progress our plans.”

Horizon Nuclear Power today welcomed confirmation that DECC has asked the nuclear regulators to begin formal discussions with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., (Hitachi-GE) regarding the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR).

An application to DECC was made by Hitachi-GE earlier this month.
 
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant said: “This is a major step forward at an early time in Hitachi’s ownership of Horizon. GDA is one of the key processes necessary to allow development of new nuclear power stations at Wylfa and Oldbury”.
 
“GDA is a rigorous and demanding process that ensures the safety case for the technology is robust. We are committed to supporting Hitachi-GE and developing Horizon’s ABWR expertise throughout the process. The ABWR is a proven technology which we believe will bring significant benefits to the UK”.
 
Discussing Horizon’s longer term plans Raymant said: “We look forward to setting out more detail on our strategy and programme in the next few months”.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first Open Surgery of 2013 will be held on Monday 21 January at Cemaes Village Hall, where local people can call in and ask questions about plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

The event follows the acquisition of Horizon by Hitachi limited at the end of 2012. As with previous monthly Open Surgeries, Horizon’s team will be on hand between 1pm and 7pm to answer questions and listen to feedback.
 
Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “With our new shareholder now on board, we are busy assessing the options for developing our sites and the likely development timelines. We’ll share more information about our updated proposals for Wylfa over the coming months once this detailed review has taken place. In the meantime, we’ll continue to hold our monthly community events and I would like to encourage anyone who would like more information to drop in and meet us.”
 
Horizon’s team can also be contacted via its Wylfa information line on 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
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