News Archive 2015

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The Anglesey-based Horizon Nuclear Power team has chosen Anglesey Foodbank as its 2015 Christmas charity, spreading festive cheer to those in need.

The Anglesey-based Horizon Nuclear Power team has chosen Anglesey Foodbank as its 2015 Christmas charity, spreading festive cheer to those in need.

Horizon has donated to good causes instead of sending Christmas cards each year since 2011 and this year staff have also joined together to collect festive food and goods which can be distributed to families in need across the island via the local Foodbank. This staff donation point will be open throughout 2016 showing the team’s continued commitment to supporting the Foodbank beyond the festive period.

Horizon’s £500 Christmas donation builds on £2,000 of support the company gave to the Anglesey Foodbank earlier in the year to help it purchase new equipment.

The Foodbank network is part of The Trussell Trust, a charity committed to community action against poverty and isolation in the UK. It gives people in need a three-day supply of emergency food, which has been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food.

Greg Evans, Operations Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and sharing with those most in need. As well as making a donation from the company instead of sending Christmas cards, our people wanted to do something themselves and have created a food collection point that can help support local families  this Christmas.

“Anglesey Foodbank is a vital source of support in the community and we’re pleased to be playing a small part in helping them make a big difference at this time of year.”

To find out more about Horizon, 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.

For more information about Anglesey Foodbank, please visit www.anglesey.foodbank.org.uk or call 01407 764947.

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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.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power’s last Open Surgery of 2015 will be held at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 14 December.

 The Surgeries give local people the opportunity to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and chat to members of the Horizon team on a one-to-one basis.

Held every month at different locations on Anglesey, the events are open from 1pm to 7pm. Horizon encourages anyone who has an interest in Wylfa Newydd to stop by, with no need to book an appointment.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “With lots of work underway at the Wylfa Newydd site this winter, we expect to be busy at this Open Surgery. If anyone would like to know more about the ground investigation works and large-scale archaeological and cultural heritage surveys we’re conducting, then we’d be very pleased to see you. I’d like to thank everyone who’s taken the time to visit us with their feedback and questions during 2015, and hope that people will continue to keep in touch with us at this surgery and the ones to follow during 2016.”

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.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has today (10 November 2015) announced a further two appointments to its Leadership Team, completing its line-up of department directors. The new Programme Director and Human Resources Director join as the company continues to progress its lead Wylfa Newydd project and grow its internal capabilities and capacity.

Civil engineer Carl Devlin will join as Programme Director and has a wealth of experience leading major infrastructure projects and programmes in both operational and greenfield environments. He has held executive positions at London Underground, Capita, Laing O’Rourke, BAA (Terminal 5) and Bechtel.

Carl and his team will be responsible for developing and constructing the Wylfa Newydd power station. Site Development, Power Station Design, Programme Management Office and Major Permissions will all report to Carl.

Carl said: “I’m delighted to be joining Horizon at this time. The company’s development of Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey means it’s one of the most exciting projects currently underway in the UK.

“There’s been great progress made to date but there are still many challenges ahead and I look forward to using my industry experience to lead the Programme Department in ensuring the successful development of the project.”

Sue Stockton joins as Human Resources Director from the Avionics division at Thales where she was Human Resources Director. Prior to that she spent twelve years with British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) in a range of roles including Head of Human Resources at Sellafield. Having worked in Human Resources for over twenty years, Sue brings valuable insight into employee engagement and talent management.
 
Sue said: “Horizon has a talented work force with decades of combined experience in this sector and I’m thrilled to have been appointed to the role of HR Director.

“The company is growing rapidly to accommodate the scope of the Wylfa Newydd Project and I’m keen to lead the Human Resources Department in ensuring those needs are met.”

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, said: “The evolution and development of the company means we’re able to continue to meet the challenging needs of the business.

“Both Carl and Sue bring enormous experience and expertise to Horizon that will be instrumental in moving the business forward. They will help ensure we develop the Wylfa Newydd project on time and on budget and recruit and manage the right talent to enable us to do that.”

The appointments come as Horizon continues to progress its Wylfa Newydd project, with its chosen reactor technology – the UK ABWR – having moved onto the final step in its regulatory assessment and preparations underway for its second round of public consultation. The company also continues to grow both at its headquarters in Gloucester and on-site at Anglesey, with a new HQ opening early next year and the site office set to double in size in the coming months.

For more information, please contact:

Phillippa Burgess
01242 713469
Phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to editors

• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd., of Japan in November 2012. The company will bring forward at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.

• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

About Carl Devlin

A civil engineer, Carl has worked for many industrial companies on high-profile projects such as Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, High Speed 1, the London Underground upgrade and other large-scale infrastructure projects. His previous executive-level role before joining Horizon saw him provide leadership to a portfolio of projects and programmes for London Transport.

Carl graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Engineering. He starts at Horizon this November.

About Sue Stockton

After graduating in Modern Languages at Bristol University, and gaining further education in Business Administration and HR Management, Sue worked as a management consultant at board and senior management level. She has also held a range of Human Resources leadership positions at BNFL and Thales.

Sue joined Horizon in October.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s next Open Surgery will be held at The Bull Hotel in Llangefni on Monday 16 November.

Open Surgeries are held every month in different locations across Anglesey and give local people opportunities to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd project. As usual, the surgery will be open from 1pm until 7pm and is available to everyone, with no need to book an appointment.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, commented: “Open Surgeries provide useful opportunities for local people to find out more about our plans for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey and the opportunities we’re creating across the Island.

“The next few months will see us very busy with both offshore ground investigation work and archaeological surveys taking place around the proposed Wylfa Newydd development site. Beyond that, we’ll also be more visible across the Island as we continue to conduct a range of studies into areas as diverse as traffic, transport and our potential impact on public rights of way. People attending the Open Surgeries can find out more about how we go about this work and why it’s so important.”

To find out more 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.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE), the reactor provider for Wylfa Newydd, has today continued its progress toward British deployment of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR), following confirmation that the Office for Nuclear Regulation will move to the final Step of Generic Design Assessment (GDA) with the process on schedule for completion by the end of 2017.

 
The UK ABWR is planned for deployment by Horizon Nuclear Power at two sites: Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey, and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. ONR has today moved to Step 4 of the GDA.
 
General Manager, Licensing, Hitachi Europe Ltd. for Hitachi-GE, Mr Ken Sato said: “Progression to Step 4 in around two and a half years is a sign of the strong progress we have made. We are delighted that ONR has moved to their final step, and that we are on schedule to complete GDA by the end of 2017.
 
“GDA is rightly a thorough and rigorous assessment - challenging scrutiny from the regulators is to be expected and welcomed. This will continue through Step 4, and we remain focused on providing detailed submissions, and addressing the regulators’ questions.  
 
“Hitachi-GE now has a team of well in excess of 300 experts working on GDA. We’re drawing on world-class experience from within our team and from across our contractors. With continued focus, we’re optimistic that we can maintain the excellent progress seen to date.  
 
He continued: “The ABWR is the only generation III+ reactor which has entered operation anywhere in the world, and has been delivered on-time and on-budget. The ABWR is a byword for reliable delivery in the nuclear sector.”
 
Engineering Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, Mark Lunn, said: “It is testament to the hard work of the team and the robustness of the ABWR technology that it has progressed to the final stage of GDA.
 
“This is an important step forward for our Wylfa Newydd Project and keeps us firmly on track to start generating in the first half of the 2020s. The hard work will continue but we have made strong progress towards delivery of the secure, sustainable and affordable power that will come from our development.”
 
 
Contact:
Tris Denton, Hitachi Europe - Tristram.denton@hitachi-eu.com +44 (0) 7824 408 059
Lowri Joyce, Hitachi Europe – Lowri.joyce@hitachi-eu.com +44 (0) 7464 980 601
 
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • In line with GDA schedule Hitachi-GE has today published revision B their Pre-Construction Safety Report (PCSR) on the GDA website for the UK ABWR: http://www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.com/.
   
  • At this stage, the GDA timetable divides between ONR’s nuclear-safety scope, and the Environment Agency’s scope. Whilst ONR has moved to Step 4, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales will continue on a separate programme, towards a public consultation in the Autumn of 2016.
 
  • Hitachi-GE is the reactor provider to Horizon Nuclear Power. Hitachi-GE’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) has been built at three sites already (four units), and has already received approvals on three occasions around the world.
 
  • The Generic Design Assessment (GDA) is the process by which the UK nuclear regulators assess the potential suitability of a nuclear reactor design for development at an unspecified location in the UK, considering safety and environmental impact considerations. http://www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.com/gda.html
 
  • In spring 2013 Hitachi-GE signed assessment agreements with the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency, beginning the process of ‘Generic Design Assessment’. The company began a major phase of public and stakeholder engagement in January 2014, launching a new UK website dedicated to explaining the reactor technology and inviting comments on the design: http://www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.com/. Assessment then progressed to Step 3 in August 2014.
 
  • The website gives the opportunity for submission of comments or questions on the design of the reactor, or on the submissions which Hitachi-GE has made to the regulators. This process is not designed to discuss Government policy around nuclear energy and does not overlap with the planning consents for Horizon’s proposed developments.
 
  • The Hitachi-GE team leading GDA is supported by more the twenty secondees from Horizon Nuclear Power. This UK expertise has supported progress, whilst allowing increased knowledge transfer of the UK ABWR.
 
About Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric Company 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. Among them, it has participated in all of Japan’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) projects—four ABWRs are already operational and three are under construction. Overseas, it has supplied major nuclear reactor equipment for the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan.

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. 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 1000 people each once operational and a peak workforce of around 8,500 is expected during construction. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

Contacts:

U.K.:    
Lowri Joyce
+44 (0) 7464 980 601
Lowri.joyce@hitachi-eu.com

Tristram Denton
+44 (0) 7824 408 059
Tristram.denton@hitachi-eu.com
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today (21st October 2015) welcomed the announcement from EDF that they have completed a financial and commercial agreement that will see a Final Investment Decision on their nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point C by the end of the year.

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon, said: “Today’s news marks a major step forward for nuclear new build in the UK and we look forward to seeing EDF progress their important project at Hinkley. Nuclear power has a vital role to play in helping meet the country’s energy needs and environmental goals and this sends a firm signal that new build is moving ahead in the UK.”

“We at Horizon are making strong progress with our lead project at Wylfa Newydd, using the tried and tested ABWR technology. We expect to complete Step 3 of the ABWR’s Generic Design Assessment shortly and also start our second round of public consultation this winter. We look forward to stepping up our discussions with UK Government to build momentum in developing the commercial and financing arrangements critical to the successful delivery of Wylfa Newydd. ”

For more information please contact:
Ben Russell on 07580 948106 or ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to Editors
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd., of Japan in November 2012. The company will bring forward at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of Gerwyn Williams as its Apprenticeship Schemes Manager for the Wylfa Newydd project.

Gerwyn joins the Horizon team from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, where he was Mechanical and Building Engineering Manager at Coleg Menai, and has extensive experience in designing and delivering apprenticeship schemes across North Wales.

Gerwyn will have responsibility for developing Horizon’s apprenticeship schemes, initially focussing on engineering trades, and will play a key role in preparing for the first intake of Horizon’s apprentices in September 2016.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Wylfa Newydd team, and helping to provide the foundations for the power station’s workforce,” said Gerwyn. “Even though there are a few years yet before the power station will be built, in terms of a training schedule, the clock is already ticking. Establishing and developing an effective and quality apprenticeship scheme to train local people and develop future talent now and for the decades ahead is essential.”

Mark Tippett, Learning and Development Manager for Horizon said: “We’re delighted to welcome Gerwyn to Horizon. He has many years’ experience of working with apprentices, and is very aware of the need for quality training schemes to meet the rigorous standards demanded of the nuclear industry. As the project ramps up, I’m sure up he’ll be kept very busy, and will be working on further schemes as our requirements grow. ”

For more information contact:

Claire Loveday on 07717 300 379
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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation, as well as many thousands of jobs in construction.
  • Horizon’s Apprenticeship Scheme launches in September 2016, with its first intake expected to see around 12 apprentices being employed.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Could you design, build and operate a model rollercoaster built entirely of paper and cardboard? That’s exactly what Year 8 pupils from schools in Anglesey and Gwynedd had to do during an event designed to showcase the excitement of working with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, commonly known as the STEM subjects.

The event was the first of five sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power in support of the Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales Partnership, the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and Techniquest Glyndŵr, who deliver the STEM family challenge sessions in local schools.

The events are designed to inspire students through fun, hands-on family activities that demonstrate how studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects can lead to exciting and fulfilling career paths.
The sessions also give pupils and their families the chance to work in teams and learn more about how STEM fits into the working world.

Around 80 students and their families took part in the first session at Ysgol Friars in Bangor. Horizon’s staff also spoke to the group about their own education and job roles, to give pupils examples of the different types of career paths they could take.
Paula Griffiths, Employer Engagement Manager of Reaching Wider North Wales, said: “We’d like to thank the Horizon team for their support in helping us to fund and deliver these sessions. It’s really important that we inspire students and make them think about the doors that open up to them when they embrace STEM subjects. We’d also like to thank all the students and families who took part and we look forward to seeing many more at our future
events.”

Rhodri Sellers, Horizon’s Education Programme Support Co-ordinator added: “We’re really pleased to support schools projects that show how exciting STEM subjects can be and that get young people thinking about the career paths they could lead to. The Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales Partnership does great work in this area which fits in well with our efforts to inspire young people and their parents in relation to the real opportunities that the Wylfa Newydd Project will create. We’re pleased the first event was such a success and we look forward to meeting many more students at the next sessions during the remainder of this academic year.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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:

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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
Reaching Wider North & Mid Wales Partnership
  • Reaching Wider is an initiative that is directly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
  • Our vision is to safeguard and widen access to Higher Education; to raise, to ever increasing levels, the aspirations, confidence and self belief of all people who live in Communities First and lower quintile areas; and to support and encourage social and economic development by establishing progression pathways to higher-level skills, higher education and employment where there are identified skills gaps. 
  • The aim is to achieve this by engaging all stakeholders in establishing multi entry/exit pathways to higher education and employment.
Visit our website www.reachingwider.ac.uk

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced its next Open Surgery will be held at Amlwch Town Hall on Monday 19 October.


Held every month at different locations across Anglesey, Horizon encourages local residents to meet the Horizon team at its Open Surgeries, so that they can find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and ask any questions they might have about the proposed development plans.

The surgery will be open from 1pm until 7pm and is open for all to attend, with no need to book an appointment in advance.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, commented: “We’ve been very busy recently conducting a large amount of surveys both on and around the proposed Wylfa Newydd site. Survey work is an important part of the planning process and provides us with valuable information for our development. It also creates opportunities for specialist and local businesses keen to get involved in the Project.

“We’re always happy to talk about any aspect of our plans and are looking forward to welcoming anyone who wants to call in and meet the team.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has helped MônFM to continue its outside broadcasting facilities by donating nearly £6,000 towards new equipment for the Anglesey-based Community Radio station.

MônFM provides its listeners with a mixture of music, talk and magazine programmes, in addition to reflections on local news, events and has only recently been given dispensation to help local companies with adverts. The station is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, and is very keen to broadcast from Community events across Anglesey and North West Wales, such as Relay for Life, the Anglesey Show, Musical Events and the Children’s Festival, in addition to the daily schedules from the station’s Llangefni base.

The not-for-profit bilingual station successfully applied for funding from Horizon’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship programme to replace its older and vital outside broadcast kit, some of which went missing at an event.

Since commencing live broadcasting on 102.5 FM in 2014 and previously on-line in  2011, the vast majority of it’s fundraising activities are used to pay for broadcasting licences and music royalties, leaving little funding to invest in upgrading and replacing key equipment.

Tony Wyn Jones, Vice Chair of MônFM, said: “We’re thrilled with this donation and would like to thank Horizon for supporting our application. Without this essential kit, it would have been very difficult for the station to continue supporting Live Community broadcasts. Our volunteer team works tirelessly to support local events and charitable causes. Our listeners have told us that they really appreciate the local coverage in their locality, and so it’s gratifying to know that we can now continue to service their local needs for the future, thanks to the support from Horizon. We hope our FM and online listeners continue to enjoy MônFM for many years to come.”

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Horizon Nuclear Power, added: “We’re very pleased to be able to support MônFM, which plays such a vital role on the island as the voice of the community, and works with many schools and colleges to support their media projects. We recognise it provides an essential service that reflects the local culture, well-being and heritage of the communities in which they, and we, operate. It’s a fantastic organisation and one we are proud to support.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 21 September.

The Open Surgery gives the local community an opportunity to meet the Wylfa Newydd team, learn more about the proposed new power station and ask any questions.

Taking place between 1pm and 7pm, anyone wishing to attend can drop in without making an appointment.
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve made a lot of progress this year in a number of areas. This includes continuing to prepare our site for the power station, developing our plans for improving the A5025 and considering what supporting infrastructure we might need to provide around the island. We also continue to support lots of interesting projects being planned by local community groups. We’re always happy to talk about our activities, so I’d encourage people to come along and find out more.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

The quality of Horizon Nuclear Power’s training, learning and development programmes have been recognised by the NEF: The Innovation Institute and awarded Assured (Nuclear) status.


NEF, the only body to assure training in the UK nuclear industry, undertook a wide-ranging assessment of Horizon’s technical, educational and personal development courses. It found that Horizon is incorporating best practice techniques from the global industry, committed to continually improving its training learning and development offering and has well-structured mechanisms for ensuring training keeps pace with technology and industry trends.

The move comes as Horizon continues to grow its organisational capabilities alongside progressing its lead nuclear new build project, Wylfa Newydd. At present, Horizon has more than 320 employees and forecasts many thousands of jobs throughout the build programme. Wylfa Newydd alone will employ 850 people once it becomes operational in the first half of the 2020s.

Mark Salisbury, Operations Manager at Horizon, said: “We work hard to ensure our in-house training is the very best and so we’re delighted to be awarded Assured (Nuclear) status by NEF.

“It’s important for us to create an environment of continual training and development for our people. It means they not only have a firm knowledge base when they join us, but also ensures that they a constantly taking on board new information and learnings from the global nuclear community.”

NEF Chief Executive Professor Sa’ad Medhat added: “Horizon is a relatively new company, but it’s excellent to see that it has already forged a number of strong relationships with leading education providers. NEF assessors were impressed by Horizon’s exploration of a variety of different delivery methods - including auditory, visual and kinaesthetic experiences - to tailor its training and development to different learning styles.

“Horizon employees also demonstrated a strong commitment to keeping pace with developments in the global nuclear sector, ensuring that its technical, safety and compliance training remains at the forefront of international best practice. This is an exciting time for Horizon, and we will be watching the company’s expanding training operations with great interest”

For more information, please contact:

Ben Russell
01242 713604
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

or

Emma Crates
020 7582 7478
emma.crates@thenef.org.uk

Notes to editors

The assessment found that Horizon:

1. Has well-structured mechanisms for ensuring training keeps pace with technology and industry trends,
2. Is incorporating best practice techniques from the global industry,
3. Has aligned training, learning and development with the company’s long-term business strategy,
4. Has forged strong partnerships with a number of universities and colleges,
5. Is developing a pipeline of apprentices and graduates into the industry,
6. Has a clear plan to develop a new generation of leaders for the sector,
7. Is committed to continually improving its training learning and development offering.

Horizon Nuclear Power:

• 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 850 jobs during operation, as well as many thousand jobs in construction.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

NEF: The Innovation Institute:

• NEF Assured is a framework that assures an organisation’s approach to learning, training and talent development. NEF Assured (Nuclear), validates the strategy, engagement, design and delivery, innovation, and long term impact of a nuclear organisation’s investment in training, learning and development. The standard has been developed in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.

• NEF: The Innovation Institute comprises the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE) and the New Engineering Foundation (NEF). Over the past 10 years, NEF has worked with more than 600 companies to drive productivity and improve performance. NEF has also helped more than 250 educational institutions develop vibrant and industry-relevant curricula.  The Foundation’s professional development grants have positively impacted more than 600,000 learners in science, engineering and technology, and have influenced policy and decision makers through think-tanks and evidential research.

• NEF’s work is guided by the Innovation Council with members from:

AMEC | ARLA FOODS | BAE SYSTEMS | BASF | BBC | BRITVIC | BT | BUPA | BALFOUR BEATTY | BURO HAPPOLD | COBHAM | COBRA | COSTAIN | CROSSRAIL | DHL SUPPLY CHAIN | DUPONT | DUNHILL | EDF ENERGY | EMC2| EVOLVI CAPITAL PARTNERS | GE HEALTHCARE |EXTRINSICA GLOBAL | GLAXO SMITH KLINE | LEGO | MARS | MEDVIVO | MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS | MICROSOFT | MITIE | NATIONAL GRID | PLESSEY SEMICONDUCTORS | RAYTHEON | ROLLS ROYCE | ROYAL MAIL GROUP | TATE & LYLE | TELEFONICA | Thales  | UNILEVER | UK PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION | UCS | WORCESTER BOSCH

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has submitted a planning application to expand its Wylfa Newydd site office to three times its current size, making room for a growing Anglesey-based team and representing a further million pound investment at the site.

The redevelopment of the office reflects the progress being made on proposals to develop Wylfa Newydd including additional site-based studies on and off shore over the summer and a second round of community consultation later this year where local people can have their say on the project.

Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director for Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “As the Wylfa Newydd project develops we continue to expand our North Wales team and to hold more meetings at our site office.  We now have more than 30 people based here permanently and these new plans will enable to us to make room for around 80 staff in total.”

The proposals include new office space as well as meeting rooms and staff facilities. A planning application for the site office expansion has been submitted to Isle of Anglesey County Council and construction work could start as soon as the necessary permissions are in place.

More information about Wylfa Newydd is available by contacting Horizon on 0800 954 9516 or by emailing the team at 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

 


 

Horizon Nuclear Power is supporting the work of the Anglesey Agricultural Society with financial backing that will help to fund improvements to the Island’s most popular community event; the Anglesey Show.


Horizon has announced it will be making a commitment to support the Anglesey Agricultural Society with a funding package of £15,000 spread over the next three years. The funding will be used to improve facilities at the Anglesey Showground, Gwalchmai – including the main show jumping ring used during the annual Anglesey Show – as well as to support other community and agricultural events held by the Society across the Island.
 
Horizon has been a sponsor of the Anglesey Show for the past two years and has attended as an exhibitor since 2009, alongside Magnox, Hitachi-GE and the Energy Island Programme. This latest sponsorship agreement signals a renewed and increased commitment to the Show organisers and is part of a broader range of community initiatives which Horizon supports across Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy.
 
Greg Evans, Operations Director for the Wylfa Newydd Project, comments: “The Anglesey Show is the jewel in the crown of community events on Anglesey and an annual fixture for thousands of families. It’s important both in terms of the support it offers the local agricultural community, and the interest it attracts from people and businesses across North Wales and beyond. We’re very pleased to announce this sponsorship, and we look forward to developing our partnership further with the Society and creating strong links with the wider agricultural and farming community as we develop our plans for Wylfa Newydd.”
 
Aled Hughes, Anglesey Show administrator, said: “We’re really grateful for the support from Horizon. They’ve been a keen supporter of the Anglesey Show for a number of years and we’re looking forward to working together more closely and growing our partnership over the coming years. The Wylfa Newydd Project will bring lots of opportunities to businesses of all shapes and sizes in the rural community and we look forward to helping foster lasting relationships between these groups and Horizon.”
 
Horizon will be attending this years’ show, in its usual space - adjacent to the main show jumping ring. Families are encouraged to go along and meet the team, and take part in a range of exciting activities and challenges suitable for all ages and abilities.
 
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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at The Bull Hotel in Llangefni on Monday 17 August.


Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at The Bull Hotel in Llangefni on Monday 17 August. 

Held at a different location each month, Horizon invites local residents to come along to the Open Surgeries to meet the team, so they can find out more about Wylfa Newydd and ask any questions they have about the Project.

The drop-in sessions, running from 1pm to 7pm, are free to attend and there is no need to book an appointment beforehand. 

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, commented: “We received lots of interest about our latest proposals at the five information sessions we organised in July and this Open Surgery is another great opportunity for local people to speak to members of our team. We have been quite busy in the local community in the last few weeks, as we were also exhibitors at this year’s Anglesey Show. We met lots of families who wanted to take part in our interactive challenges and learn more about the Project in an informal setting. We look forward to meeting local residents again at our Llangefni Open Surgery.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Local firms hear about ‘once in a generation’ supply chain opportunities to be offered by nuclear new build on Anglesey


Representatives from businesses across Anglesey and North Wales gathered today (23 July 2015) at Venue Cymru in Llandudno to learn more about the supply chain opportunities that will be unlocked for local companies by the Wylfa Newydd project.
 
More than 100 Welsh businesses were in attendance with 65 of those coming from Anglesey, Gwynedd or Conwy.
 
The project, which is being developed on the Isle of Anglesey by Horizon Nuclear Power, supported by Hitachi-GE, will create significant opportunities for a wide variety of local businesses, both during the construction phase and through its many decades of operation.
 
Tim Eaton, Horizon’s Commercial Director, said: “The huge number of local firms attending this event shows the excitement that Wylfa Newydd is generating among businesses from the Island and across North Wales. We’ve made fantastic progress on the project and we’ve set out today how local businesses can help us continue to move forward successfully. This kind of opportunity only comes along once in a generation and we want businesses operating in North Wales to be ready to make the most of it.”
 
Representatives of Horizon and Hitachi-GE explained to delegates their approach to procurement, including introductions to future scopes of work and their expectations in relation to quality, codes and standards. They were joined on stage by speakers from the Isle of Anglesey County Council as well as UK and Welsh Government, discussing the support available for local businesses.
 
The event also featured exhibition stands from skills agencies, industry organisations and local education establishments such as Bangor University, Constructing Excellence Wales, Coleg Menai, Coleg Cambria and the Energy Island Programme. Visitors to each stand were able to learn more about how these organisations can help to equip businesses in Wales with the knowledge and qualifications they will need to work on the Project.
 
Shunsuke Utena, Executive Officer of Hitachi Europe’s Nuclear Power Projects Unit, said: “Wylfa Newydd represents an unparalleled opportunity for Welsh businesses. As we develop our supply chain to deliver a scope of work for Horizon, we’re always looking for the right quality and the right behaviours. Alongside Horizon, today’s event has given us the opportunity to explain more about our approach and expectations as we continue building our relationships with the local supply chain. Our priority is to help firms understand where opportunities could exist and how they can prepare to take advantage of them in the years to come.”
 
For more information contact: 
Horizon
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
Hitachi-GE
Tristram Denton – 07824 408 059 or Tristram.Denton@Hitachi-eu.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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Hitachi Europe’s Nuclear Power Projects Unit represents Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd in the UK, as the leader of an EPC delivery team for Horizon Nuclear Power at Wylfa Newydd.
  • Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric Company 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. Among them, it has participated in all of Japan’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) projects—four ABWRs are already operational and three are under construction. Overseas, it has supplied major nuclear reactor equipment for the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
  • Follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

National and local firms hear about “once in a generation” opportunity offered by nuclear new build project


Hundreds of representatives from businesses across the UK, North Wales and Anglesey gathered today (23 July 2015) at Venue Cymru in Llandudno to learn more about the supply chain opportunities that will be unlocked by the Wylfa Newydd project
 
The project, which is being developed on the Isle of Anglesey by Horizon Nuclear Power, supported by Hitachi-GE, will create significant opportunities for businesses across the UK, Wales and locally, both during the construction phase and through its many decades of operation.
 
Tim Eaton, Horizon’s Commercial Director, said: “The huge attendance at this event shows the excitement that Wylfa Newydd is generating among companies from across the region and the UK. We’ve made fantastic progress on the project and we’ve set out today how businesses can help us continue to move forward successfully. This kind of opportunity only comes along once in a generation and we want businesses to be ready to make the most of it.”
 
The event was attended by more than 350 delegates, representing approximately 250 companies. Representatives of Horizon and Hitachi-GE explained to delegates their approach to procurement, including introductions to future scopes of work and their expectations in relation to quality, codes and standards. They were joined on stage by speakers from UK and Welsh Government as well as the Isle of Anglesey County Council, discussing the support available for businesses.
 
The event also incorporated exhibition stands from skills agencies, industry organisations and education establishments, who are able to equip businesses with the knowledge and qualifications they will need to work on the Project.
 
Shunsuke Utena, Executive Officer of Hitachi Europe’s Nuclear Power Projects Unit, said: “Wylfa Newydd represents an unparalleled opportunity for Welsh and British businesses. As we develop our supply chain to deliver a scope of work for Horizon, we’re always looking for the right quality and the right behaviours. Alongside Horizon, today’s event has given us the opportunity to explain more about our approach and expectations as we continue building our relationships with the UK supply chain. Our priority is to help Welsh and British firms understand where opportunities could exist and how they can prepare to take advantage of them in the years to come.”
 
For more information contact:
 
Horizon
Phillippa Burgess – 07976488531 or phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Hitachi-GE
 Tristram Denton – 07824 408 059 or Tristram.Denton@Hitachi-eu.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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Hitachi Europe’s Nuclear Power Projects Unit represents Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd in the UK, as the leader of an EPC delivery team for Horizon Nuclear Power at Wylfa Newydd.
  • Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric Company 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. Among them, it has participated in all of Japan’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) projects—four ABWRs are already operational and three are under construction. Overseas, it has supplied major nuclear reactor equipment for the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and
  • Follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear
 
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Amlwch Town Hall on Monday 20 July.


Held each month at different locations across Anglesey, local residents will have the chance to meet with the Horizon team to discover more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and raise any questions they have about the proposed development plans.

The drop-in sessions are open between 1pm and 7pm, and there is no need to book an appointment.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve been particularly active recently in terms of the information we’ve been sharing with local people about our Project. In addition to our monthly open surgeries, we’ve hosted five information days to provide people with more detail about our preferred options for associated development, including road improvements and worker accommodation. This all comes ahead of our second phase of consultation at the end of this year. Our team will be back in Amlwch this month and we’ll be available to answer questions from local people about any aspect of the Project.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has this week signed a charter with the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) which will see the company ramp up its interactions with nuclear power plant companies around the world.


WANO, of which Horizon is a member, shares global operational experience between members to ensure nuclear power stations are operated to the highest possible safety standards.

Signing the charter pledges Horizon’s support for WANO activities including  data sharing, peer reviews,  technical support missions and exchange visits, workshops, seminars, leadership courses and expert meetings. 

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, said: “By signing the voluntary charter, we are demonstrating our commitment to best-practice and safety. This is another step forward in developing our capabilities and learning from the global experience of others as we prepare for the operation of Wylfa Newydd in the 2020s.”
 
Duncan Hawthorne, President of WANO and non-executive Horizon board member, said: “Horizon’s signing of the charter is clear evidence of how the organisation is developing and growing its capability and knowledge on all fronts.”
 
Last month Horizon appointed Greg Evans as Operations Director. Greg, a former Magnox Site Director, is responsible for the development of Horizon’s operational capability, helping prepare the organisation for generation in the first half of the 2020s and will lead Horizon’s activities with WANO.
 
 
For more information please contact: 
 
Phillippa Burgess on 01242 713469 phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 
Notes to Editors:
 
The WANO activities Horizon will support include:
 
  • Conducting plant, corporate and start-up peer reviews,
  • Collecting, screening and analysing Member data and information related to safe and reliable plant operation,
  • Performing technical support missions and exchange visits,
  • Sharing operating experience and good practice information among Members,
  • Facilitating interactions with Members affiliated with other regions,
  • Providing professional and technical development by organising workshops, seminars, leadership courses and expert meetings.
 
WANO
 
WANO’s mission is to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and evaluation of best practice.
 
INPO (of which Horizon is also a member)
 
INPO’s mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability – to promote excellence – in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.
 
Horizon Nuclear Power
 
•  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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation, as well as many thousand jobs in construction

•  Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced it will be holding five public information events this summer to bring local people up to date on its progress on key aspects of the Wylfa Newydd Project.

 
The information events, which will all run between 2pm and 7pm, are designed to show how certain parts of the Wylfa Newydd plans have developed since the first phase of consultation was held at the end of 2014. 
 
Visitors to the events will be able to find out more about Horizon’s latest thinking on road improvements for the A5025, workers’ accommodation, a logistics centre and a park & ride facility.  
 
While these events won’t be a formal part of the consultation process, they will provide a useful opportunity for local people to give Horizon their views on the elements of the Project that will need to be developed away from site, in other parts of Anglesey. The information gathered will then be used by the development team as they prepare for the second phase of community consultation, scheduled for the end of 2015.
 
Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “We learned a lot during our first phase of community consultation and we’ve been making good progress this year in adding more detail to our proposals. We want to show people how certain elements of our plans are progressing and find out what they think, so we can then bear that in mind as we finalise our plans for the next phase of consultation. We look forward to seeing people there.”
 
Public information events will be held across the Island at the following locations:
 
TUESDAY 7 JULY 
Eleth & Eilian Room 
Wylfa (adjacent to the Wylfa Newydd Site Office), Cemaes Bay 
 
MONDAY 13 JULY 
Ucheldre Centre 
Millbank, Holyhead
 
WEDNESDAY 8 JULY 
Amlwch Town Hall 
Lôn Goch, Amlwch
 
TUESDAY 14 JULY 
Ebeneser Centre 
Bridge Street, Llangefni
 
 
WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 
Llanfachraeth Village Hall 
Llanfachraeth
 

 

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

After the visit, Greg Evans, Operations Director at Horizon, said: “The First Minister’s visit builds on the strong and consistent support we have received from the Welsh Government for this crucial project. Building and operating Wylfa Newydd is a long-term investment in North Wales and we share in the goal of maximising the opportunities for the local workforce, companies, and young people. We will continue to work closely with all partners to deliver the benefits the project will bring for the region and Wales more widely.”


Welsh Government
Wylfa Newydd offers real opportunity for North Wales, says First Minister
http://gov.wales/newsroom/firstminister/2015/10283388/?lang=en

The Isle of Anglesey County Council Highways in collaboration with Horizon Nuclear Power will be establishing a Framework Contract with suitably experienced Highway Construction and Civil Engineering Contractors to procure and implement the highway improvement works that may be associated with the Wylfa Newydd project.

 

The Framework shall be used to deliver new highways, highways improvements and other associated civil works required by IACC and Horizon.

The Framework will be divided into 3 lots, with expected value range being; Works less than £1M in value; £1M and £5M in value and Works over £5M in value.

IACC will facilitate a “Meet the buyer” event in Carreg Bran Hotel, Church Lane, Llanfairpwll, Ynys Mon, LL61 5YH on 9th July 2015 from 10am To register your interest in this PIN notice and to obtain any further information please visit the Sell2Wales website at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/  or contact Emma Collett at Isle of Anglesey County Council: emmamcollett@anglesey.gov.uk

 
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 22 June.


The open surgeries are held at various locations across the island every month to give Anglesey residents the opportunity to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.

Local people interested in attending don’t need an appointment can just drop in to meet the team any time between 1pm and 7pm.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We hold our monthly open surgeries to give as many people as possible the chance to meet the team and ask us questions about the Project. This might include queries about job opportunities, work being done on site, our community support work or finding out more about supply chain opportunities. There’s no need to make an appointment and we’ll always do our best to answer your questions.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has won Project of the Year at the prestigious Ground Engineering Awards in a joint submission with Atkins and Structural Soils.


The project, which saw 15 contracts awarded to local businesses, encompassed the first phase of ground investigation works for Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd Project on Anglesey. At the time, it was one of the largest such projects in Europe, with approximately 400 boreholes and trial pits drilled across the site. 

The studies inform Horizon’s engineering and design work for the project as well as the on-going Generic Design Assessment process.

Charlie Tasker, Site Development Director at Horizon, said: “This is a great reward for the team and our partners at Atkins and Structural Soils who worked hard on the first phase of these works. I’m sure there was much celebration!

“Our focus is now firmly on the detailed off-shore investigations, which will start later this year.”

Ed Hodge, Project Manager of the works said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of effort by a big team, from those on site for 10 months to those analysing the data and writing the final reports. We are very proud of the collaborative effort that has gone into making this project a success”

To view the Ground Investigations Film, released earlier this year, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IW1xvv3dqI

For more information contact: 
    
Phillippa Burgess on 01242 713469 or phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com   

Notes to Editors:

The awards are co-ordinated by Ground Engineering http://www.geawards.com/  
  • 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation, as well as many thousand jobs in construction
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

 

Horizon Nuclear Power today announced its latest executive appointment, with David Stearns joining as Business Development Director.

David joins from Portland Advisers where he was Senior Advisor for Energy and Nuclear Power. He has over 20 years’ experience of project financing power developments, including nuclear new build. He held senior power and project finance roles at Citigroup and Credit Agricole before being appointed to lead HSBC’s European power project finance team and the London-based Nuclear Working Group.

As Business Development Director, David will lead the development of Horizon’s business strategy and co-ordinate delivery of the plans to ensure successful progression of the Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury projects. His team’s primary mission is to complete the development and achieve financial close of Wylfa Newydd.

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, David will be responsible for negotiating key commercial agreements, including Contracts for Difference, Funded Decommissioning Programmes and the financing arrangements, including HM Treasury-backed infrastructure UK Guarantees.

David said: “This is a great move for me and a new challenge - having worked on nuclear and energy projects for many years now it’s fantastic to be joining a company at the forefront of delivering new nuclear in the UK. The team at Horizon is strong and I’m excited about leading them in the successful delivery of Horizon’s strategy and the UK’s new nuclear programme.”

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, said: “We’re delighted that David is joining Horizon at this key time in our development. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that further strengthens our team and allows us to accelerate the implementation of our strategy and our flagship project at Wylfa Newydd. He has an excellent track record in energy finance and brings an additional set of mission-critical strengths to an already formidable leadership team here at Horizon.”

For more information contact:
Ben Russell on 07580948106 ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
or
Phillippa Burgess 01242 713469 phillippa.burgess@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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • For more information about the Wylfa Newydd project, please contact Horizon on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Local engineering students will be able to apply for apprenticeships on Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd Project from next year following agreement on an entry route into the new power station’s apprenticeship scheme.

Horizon has today confirmed that students who complete the one-year Enhanced Learning Programme will have the opportunity to apply for a place on Horizon’s Level 3 engineering apprenticeship scheme. The Programme, which is delivered across North West Wales by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, builds on the existing support Horizon has given to Coleg Menai’s Cwmni Prentis Menai training scheme over the past three years. Horizon is also recruiting an Anglesey-based Apprenticeships Scheme Manager to develop the various apprenticeship schemes that will be needed to train the future operational workforce as the project moves forward.

 
Mark Tippett, Learning and Development Manager at Horizon, said: “We’re demonstrating our commitment to growing our workforce locally, in partnership with local providers and organisations. Plus it’s a fantastic opportunity for young people in North West Wales who have an ambition to become a technician or engineer, to embark on that career path at Wylfa Newydd
 
Dr Ian Rees, Principal of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Coleg Menai, said: “We’re committed to helping local people access the education, skills and experience that will allow them to gain employment across the many developments planned on Anglesey. We’re working closely with various partners, including Horizon, to ensure we can expand and revise our current provision in order to develop new courses and training programmes to ensure local people have the right skills and qualifications needed.”
 
Commenting on the announcement, Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme Director, Dr John Idris Jones, said: “I’m delighted that Horizon is showing its commitment to providing as many opportunities as possible for local people here on Anglesey, the significance of which cannot be underestimated in terms of the longer-term economic sustainability of our unique culture and community.
 
“The Energy Island Programme has been working alongside Horizon for several years towards this end and we welcome the first fruits of this labour.”
 
The scheme will launch in September 2016 with an intake of up to 12 apprentices in the first year. Once fully developed, the scheme will continue recruiting annually over the 60-year operational design life of the power station.
 
The Enhanced Learning Programme is a one-year foundation course funded by the Welsh Government that gives students the tools to achieve a Level 2 qualification in engineering. It will be one of several routes in to the full Level 3 scheme that will be run by Horizon. Further details can be found on  https://www.gllm.ac.uk/courses/performing-engineering-operations-(the-enhanced-engineering-programme)/
 
For more information contact: 
 
Richard Foxhall (Horizon) – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com 
Claire Nightingale (Coleg Menai) – 01248 370125 x3910 or c.nightingale@gllm.ac.uk
 
 
For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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.  
 
 
Notes to editors:
 
Horizon has provided £90,000 of funding to Coleg Menai’s Cwmni Prentis Menai apprenticeship scheme over the last three years, bringing the total invested in the scheme to £270,000 to date. Cwmni Prentis Menai runs the existing Level 3 engineering apprenticeship scheme, managed by Coleg Menai, which will also provide a potential route into the Horizon apprenticeship scheme for local students.
Horizon’s development at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
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.
• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at The Bull Hotel, in the centre of Llangefni, on Monday 18 May.

Held monthly across the island, the events give local people an opportunity to meet Horizon’s team and find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. Running from 1pm to 7pm, they are informal drop-in sessions, with no appointments necessary.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We keep local people up to date on what we’re doing in a variety of ways including our newsletters, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. But these monthly Open Surgeries offer local people an opportunity to meet regularly with members of the Horizon team and ask us questions about the Project in person.”

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of former Magnox Site Director Greg Evans as its new Operations Director for Wylfa Newydd.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of former Magnox Site Director Greg Evans as its new Operations Director for Wylfa Newydd.

Greg joins the Horizon team from Centrica Energy, where he was Director of Nuclear and Renewables for five years before becoming Director of Operational Support. Previously, Greg was Site Director at the existing nuclear power station on Anglesey and the Trawsfynydd nuclear site in Snowdonia.

In his new position, Greg will take overall responsibility for developing Horizon’s operational capability, helping prepare the organisation for generation in the first half of the 2020s. He will also perform a senior representational role for Horizon on Anglesey, liaising with local organisations, such as the Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Energy Island Programme, as well as key groups across the region, Wales, the UK, and internationally.
 
Greg said: “Wylfa Newydd is crucial for the UK’s energy future and I’m excited to be joining the team delivering it. Nuclear power has played a vital role in supplying the UK with secure, low-carbon electricity since the 1950s and this new development will help ensure it does so for another 60 or more years. I’m also proud to be part of a project that continues the long tradition of nuclear power on Anglesey and will be a significant contributor to its economic and social life for decades to come.”

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Greg is a highly experienced and well-respected nuclear operations leader and we are delighted to have him on board. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and of managing large-scale energy projects and it’s a great time for Greg to join as we continue to grow as a company and increase our operational capabilities.”


For more information contact:

Ben Russell on 07580 948 106 
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com


Notes to Editors:

  • Starting his career in the Nuclear Submarine Service in the US Navy, Greg has now worked in the nuclear industry for over 35 years in a series of high-level management positions.  He was given the Chartered Management Institute Regional Chartered Manager of the Year Award for Wales in 2009, and is recognised as an outstanding leader who makes a difference to the future prosperity of Wales, having also been awarded a Leading Wales Award.  He lives on Anglesey with his wife, Helen, and three children, all of whom were born on the Island. He will start with Horizon in June.
  •  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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation, as well as many thousands of jobs in construction

 Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of former Wylfa Site Director Greg Evans as its new Operations Director for Wylfa Newydd.

A long-term resident of Bull Bay on Anglesey, Greg joins the Wylfa Newydd team from Centrica Energy, where he was Director of Nuclear and Renewables for five years before becoming Director of Operational Support. Previously, Greg was Site Director at the existing Wylfa Magnox nuclear power station and the Trawsfynydd nuclear site in Snowdonia.

In his new position as Operations Director for Horizon, Greg will be based at the Wylfa Newydd site office and will take overall responsibility for developing the company’s operational capability. He will also perform a senior representational role for Horizon on Anglesey, liaising with local organisations, such as the Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Energy Island Programme, engaging with local people, schools and community groups, as well as key groups across the region, Wales, the UK, and internationally.

Greg said: The Wylfa Newydd project is one of the UK’s most exciting major infrastructure projects and I’m really pleased to be joining the Horizon Anglesey-based team. I’ve lived on the island for 15 years and understand the vital importance of the project in bringing opportunities and employment to North Wales and in helping support the longer term sustainability of the island\'s economy and unique welsh culture. I’m proud to be now playing a part in helping to deliver these benefits.”

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Greg is a highly experienced and well-respected nuclear operations leader and we are delighted to have him on board. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and of managing large-scale energy projects and it’s a great time for Greg to join as we continue to grow as a company and increase our operational capabilities.”

Starting his career in the Nuclear Submarine Service in the US Navy, Greg has now worked in the nuclear industry for over 35 years in a series of high-level management positions. He was given the Chartered Management Institute Regional Chartered Manager of the Year Award for Wales in 2009, and is recognised as an outstanding leader who makes a difference to the future prosperity of Wales, having been also awarded a Leading Wales Award. He lives on Anglesey with his wife, Helen, and
three children, all of whom were born on the Island. He will start with Horizon in June.

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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is
expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation, as well as many thousands of jobs in
construction.

- For more information about the Wylfa Newydd project, please contact Horizon on 0800 954 9516 or
email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

- Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Amlwch Town Hall on Monday 20 April.

 
With no appointments required, these monthly events run from 1pm to 7pm and give local people an opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “Although we’re in-between stages of formal consultation, the views of the community are still key in the development of our plans. To that end, we’ll continue to hold our monthly Open Surgeries to offer local people an opportunity to meet our team, ask any questions they may have, and give us feedback on the issues that are most important to them.”
 
For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.
  • Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has teamed up with two universities in North Wales as it looks to recruit the latest round of graduates who will help push forward its Wylfa Newydd development.

 
Bangor University, with whom Horizon signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January, and Glyndwr University in Wrexham, will be joined by Cardiff University, the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London in providing candidates for the five places.  
 
The move forms part of Horizon’s commitment to work with key local and regional partners to ensure the benefits of the development are felt by those closest to it, including s young people. It builds on the support the company has given to Coleg Menai's Cwmni Prentis Menai over the past four years and the outreach work it undertakes in local schools, as well as past, successful Horizon graduate recruitments from the island.  The company will also roll out both an apprenticeship programme and scholarships in the coming year which will provide local youngsters more potential routes into the exciting, varied and long-term opportunities the project will offer. 
 
Mark Tippett, Learning and Development Manager at Horizon, said; “We’re keen to include key universities in North Wales amongst those we work with as we grow the number of graduates we recruit year-on-year.
 
“It’s a great time to take advantage of these roles at Horizon, with the company growing quickly and Wylfa Newydd progressing through its major milestones. This - along with the wealth of experience at Horizon, which employs people with decades of experience from across the sector - means the successful graduates will have the opportunity to learn a great deal as well as helping move forward this crucial project.”
 
Cain Thomas, who grew up in Bryngwran on Anglesey and joined Horizon as an industrial placement student said: “The experience I’ve gained over the past six months at Horizon has been invaluable. I’m currently working in Horizon’s Generic Design Assessment team as a Mechanical Engineer, helping in presenting the Wylfa Newydd technology for inspection by the regulator.
 
“After completing my degree I hope to join Horizon's Operations Department with an aspiration to return to the Island to be an Operator at the future power station.”
 
The roles will comprise four two-year engineering placements, which will rotate around different areas of the business to give the graduates a full flavour of what it takes to deliver a new power station, and a 12 month engineering industry placement.
 
As well as working with the five universities, Horizon will also utilise the data base of those who have previously registered their interest in such placements.
 
For further information please contact:
 
Richard Foxhall
07807 769265
 
or
 
Phillippa Burgess
01242 713469
 
Follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 16 March.

Running from 1pm to 7pm, these monthly events offer local people an opportunity to meet the team in an informal environment to find out more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project. No appointments are required.


Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “While we continue to analyse the feedback received during our first stage of community consultation late last year, we’re committed to maintaining our engagement directly with the local community. Our monthly Open Surgeries provide local people with an excellent opportunity to meet our team, ask any questions they may have and discuss our developing proposals.”


For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.

Horizon Nuclear Power Project Engineer, Tom Hurford, is gearing up for the UK Nuclear Skills Awards where he has been shortlisted for the UK Nuclear Graduate Award.

Anglesey-born Tom, whose day-to-day responsibilities range from working on developments to support the construction of Wylfa Newydd to representing the company at open surgeries and pre-application consultation events, started working at Horizon approximately four years ago after studying Construction Project Management at the University of Salford in Manchester.


“I’ve learned so much from my time in the industry and at Horizon so far and enjoy playing an active role at our local public events and working on our local infrastructure projects.


“It’s fantastic to be part of such an important project just a few miles from where I grew up in Amlwch and will give me long-term employment on the island meaning I can be around my family and friends.”


Andrew Murdoch, Tom’s manager at Horizon, said: “Tom brings honesty, integrity and a focus on producing and presenting solutions to the team here at Horizon. His local knowledge of the island is also invaluable to the team.
“Tom continues to be a key ambassador for Horizon Nuclear Power and the UK’s nuclear new build programme and we all wish him the best of luck.”


Tom is just one of a growing team of local talent involved in developing the plans for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.
The awards will take place on Thursday, 12 March in Manchester. Horizon sponsors the Welsh Apprentice of the Year category.


For further information please contact:

Richard Foxhall
07807 769265
richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear
www.horizonnuclearpower.com


Notes to Editors:

The UK Nuclear Skills Awards are organised by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and  Cogent Skills
www.nsan.co.uk
http://www.cogentskills.com/


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 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.
Horizon’s developments will represent multibillion pound investments in Anglesey and South Gloucestershire. 20,000 roles will be created across the construction periods, with up to 1,000 jobs created for the station‟s 60+ years of operation

 

Horizon Nuclear Power has today issued an open letter to the former Japanese Prime Minister Mr Naoto Kan, who is visiting Anglesey today (Thursday 26 February) to discuss nuclear power generation.

In the letter, Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, highlighted the strong safety record of the nuclear industry in the UK and globally, the integral part that nuclear power has played in Anglesey’s recent history, and the robust measures that will be put in place to defend against all viable risks to the new plant. He also underlined the key role that Horizon, and many others both in the UK and elsewhere across the world, see for nuclear in meeting our future energy challenges. 

Mr Raymant said: “A repeat on Anglesey of the natural conditions that led to the Fukushima accident is not a credible possibility due to the absence of major seismic or tsunami risk. But we, and the UK regulators, are taking valuable lessons from that event to enhance safety even further.

“We are privileged to enjoy support from Governments and elected representatives in Anglesey and in Wales more widely, from the local community and from the future workforce. But we are in no doubt that this support relies on clearly demonstrating that safety and security are at the core of what we do. We will not flinch from honest debate about nuclear power, but we remain determined to deliver Wylfa Newydd safely and to the benefit of the community.”

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Notes to Editors
 
• The full text of the open letter to Mr Kan reads:

Dear Mr Kan,

Our thoughts remain with anyone affected by the devastating natural disasters that hit the east coast  of Japan in 2011.  The massive loss of life caused by the earthquake and tsunami and huge damage   and disruption to the population and infrastructure in the area were on a near-unprecedented scale.  These were exacerbated by the consequences of the events at Fukushima Dai’ichi, and we recognise the further effect this had on local communities.

Horizon is a company that employs many people who have spent their careers working to maintain the UK’s proud record of nuclear safety.  We are passionate about safety and committed to learning the lessons from the events of March 2011.  This is why we welcome your reflections, as we do the findings of key investigations, in particular those of the respected International Atomic Energy Authority whose recommendations the UK industry has accepted in full and is implementing. 

A repeat on Anglesey of the natural conditions that led to the Fukushima accident is not a credible possibility due to the absence of major seismic or tsunami risk. But we, and the UK regulators, are taking valuable lessons from that event to enhance safety even further. We are addressing not only flooding or earthquakes, but a full-range of improbable events. Major advancements in reactor design and safety systems, aligned with the UK’s robust and independent regulatory system and a commitment to responsible operations mean the proposed reactors will offer strength against all viable risks.

Along with many other nations in the world, we believe nuclear power has a key role to play alongside, not instead of, renewable energy, ensuring future electricity supplies that are sustainable, but also affordable.  Safe provision of nuclear power has been a key part of Anglesey’s history over the last 45 years and remains an important contributor to its economic and social life today. We are committed to building on this heritage in harmony with the Island’s rich culture, language and traditions.
 
We are privileged to enjoy support from Governments and elected representatives in Anglesey and in Wales more widely, from the local community and from the future workforce. But we are in no doubt that this support relies on clearly demonstrating that safety and security are at the core of what we do.

We thank you for your visit to Wales and Anglesey, and for your views.  We will not flinch from honest debate about nuclear power, but we remain determined to deliver Wylfa Newydd safely and to the benefit of the community.  We hope you will take a flavour of that commitment away with you.

Yours Sincerely

Alan Raymant,


• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd 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.

• For more information on the UK ABWR reactor, please visit the Hitachi-GE, Ltd. website at www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Richard Foxhall on 07807 769 265
Richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Ben Russell on 07580 948 106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Click ‘more’ to download the letter in full.

Dear Mr Kan

Our thoughts remain with anyone affected by the devastating natural disasters that hit the east coast  of Japan in 2011.  The massive loss of life caused by the earthquake and tsunami and huge damage   and disruption to the population and infrastructure in the area were on a near-unprecedented scale.  These were exacerbated by the consequences of the events at Fukushima Dai’ichi, and we recognise the further effect this had on local communities.

Horizon is a company that employs many people who have spent their careers working to maintain the UK’s proud record of nuclear safety.  We are passionate about safety and committed to learning the lessons from the events of March 2011.  This is why we welcome your reflections, as we do the findings of key investigations, in particular those of the respected International Atomic Energy Authority whose recommendations the UK industry has accepted in full and is implementing. 

A repeat on Anglesey of the natural conditions that led to the Fukushima accident is not a credible possibility due to the absence of major seismic or tsunami risk. But we, and the UK regulators, are taking valuable lessons from that event to enhance safety even further. We are addressing not only flooding or earthquakes, but a full-range of improbable events. Major advancements in reactor design and safety systems, aligned with the UK’s robust and independent regulatory system and a commitment to responsible operations mean the proposed reactors will offer strength against all viable risks.

Along with many other nations in the world, we believe nuclear power has a key role to play alongside, not instead of, renewable energy, ensuring future electricity supplies that are sustainable, but also affordable.  Safe provision of nuclear power has been a key part of Anglesey’s history over the last 45 years and remains an important contributor to its economic and social life today. We are committed to building on this heritage in harmony with the Island’s rich culture, language and traditions.

We are privileged to enjoy support from Governments and elected representatives in Anglesey and in Wales more widely, from the local community and from the future workforce. But we are in no doubt that this support relies on clearly demonstrating that safety and security are at the core of what we do.

We thank you for your visit to Wales and Anglesey, and for your views.  We will not flinch from honest debate about nuclear power, but we remain determined to deliver Wylfa Newydd safely and to the benefit of the community.  We hope you will take a flavour of that commitment away with you.

Yours sincerely,
 
Alan Raymant
Chief Operating Officer
Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery will be held at Cemaes Village Hall on Monday 16 February and will run from 1pm to 7pm.

Run on a monthly basis throughout the year, Horizon’s Open Surgeries offer people the opportunity to meet the team in an informal environment and find out more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project and ongoing activity at site.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said; “2015 is set to be a really busy and exciting year for the Wylfa Newydd Project. As well as carefully analysing feedback from our first stage of community consultation, we’ll also be developing our proposals for specific aspects of the Project. This will include providing more detail on our plans for road improvements, site preparatory activities and support facilities and asking for local people’s views. Our Open Surgeries will continue to provide people with regular opportunities to talk to the team about our plans and ask any questions they may have.”

Horizon’s first phase of community consultation closed on 8 December 2014. Horizon will respond to all feedback given in an Interim Consultation Report, which will be published at the second stage of community consultation.

For more information about Horizon’s plans for Wylfa Newydd, 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

-ENDS-

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 at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales. It is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during operation.

• Visit our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com

Horizon Nuclear Power has today welcomed the successful completion of the Regulatory Justification process for its chosen reactor technology, the Hitachi-GE UK ABWR. The approval marks the first of the major permissions to be put in place as Horizon progresses its plans to build new nuclear power stations at two sites in the UK.

The completion of the Justification process comes after two rounds of public consultation, a ruling from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and unanimous approval in both Houses of Parliament. The process concluded that the security of supply, carbon reduction and economic benefits offered by the reactor technology are significant and important and clearly outweigh the potential detriments.

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon said: “This is a major milestone in our journey to bring forward new secure, low carbon and affordable electricity for the UK and clearly highlights the strengths of our chosen technology.

“Coming alongside the completion of our first round of public consultation at Wylfa Newydd, the positive progress being made on the Generic Design Assessment of the UK ABWR, and our continued rapid growth both at headquarters and on Anglesey, it demonstrates real momentum behind our project and gives us great confidence as we move forward.”

Regulatory Justification is a high level generic process that is a legal requirement for any new nuclear technology and is designed to ensure that the benefits to society of the technology outweigh any potential radiological health detriments. The application was made by the Nuclear Industry Association in December 2013 with the support of Horizon and Hitachi-GE.

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Notes to Editors

  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd 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.
  •  For more information on the UK ABWR reactor, please visit the Hitachi-GE, Ltd. website at www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.co.uk
  • The Secretary of State’s final decision under the Regulatory Justification process can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/regulatory-justification-of-the-uk-abwr-nuclear-reactor
  • The Regulatory Justification decision is given effect by a Statutory Instrument The Justification Decision (Generation of Electricity by the UK ABWR Nuclear Reactor) Regulations 2015
  • As well as approval under the Regulatory Justification process, which is a generic, non-site specific approval, Horizon will also require a range of other regulatory permissions and approvals, including those relating to safety and environmental issues, as well as planning consents before it can proceed with its projects at Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury
     

For further information please contact:
Ben Russell on 07580 948 106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com