News Archive 2017

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Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting local people to meet the team at its next Open Surgery in Cemaes on Monday 16 October to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.


The monthly Open Surgeries are held on the third Monday of every month and this time, the Horizon team will be gathered at Cemaes Village Hall between 1.30pm and 7pm.
 
Horizon’s staff will be on hand to talk to local people about the proposed work currently taking place in and around the communities closest to the Wylfa Newydd site, in addition to providing information about other parts of the busy Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “Our Open Surgeries are a great way for people to learn more about the Project and ask us any questions they have. Besides the information on our website, meeting members of our local team in person also gives people the chance to get to know us better and ask any questions they may have on our current work programme on the Wylfa Newydd site.
 
“We’ve got lots of exciting work taking place at the moment, including our community archaeology digs, various ground investigations and preparations to construct two new bat barns in the next couple of months. With all this activity, we’ve got lots of progress to share and look forward to meeting with people in their community.”
 
For more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or follow Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
     

Horizon Nuclear Power has welcomed its second intake of technical apprentices to the Wylfa Newydd team as the company continues to invest in a future workforce to support Wales’ most significant energy project in a generation.

The 11 apprentices come from schools across North Wales, and have just begun their three-year apprenticeship, which is run by Horizon in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The apprentices are part of the operations team that will run the nuclear power station, once constructed.
 
Two of the new apprentices, Jack and Sion, applied for the apprenticeship after taking part in the 2016 Work Insight Week, where they spent a week with the Horizon team learning more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Sion said: “I’m very proud to be starting my career in the nuclear sector, working on the Wylfa Newydd Project. Taking part in last summer’s Work Insight Week helped me make up my mind, so I applied for the scheme in February and was really pleased to be accepted. It’s a huge opportunity and I can’t wait to start my training with Horizon.”
 
Gerwyn Williams, Horizon’s Apprenticeship Manager, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome our second cohort of apprentices, kick starting their careers in the nuclear industry through our technical apprenticeship scheme.
 
“We’re committed to recruiting ambitious, talented future engineers to work on the Wylfa Newydd Project. Our latest apprentices will have the chance to develop their knowledge across a range of technical and practical skills while working with the team who will build and operate Anglesey’s new nuclear power station.”
 
To register interest in Horizon’s 2018 Apprenticeship Scheme, please email careers@horizonnuclearpower.com or call 0800 954 9516.
 
For more information about the Wylfa Newydd Project, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or follow Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:
  • www.nucleargraduates.com
  • www.nsan.co.uk/careers
  • www.cogentskills.com
  • www.regennuclear.com
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

To find out more about Horizon’s community engagement events, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com. If you’d like to get in touch, please call the Wylfa Newydd freephone hotline on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

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For more information contact:

Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com


Notes to editors:

• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

• Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 

 

SEPT 5th 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of Rabih Hafez as Project Planning Unit Director effective from 1st September 2017 and James Jones as General Counsel and Company Secretary.

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

Rabih Hafez said, “Having worked across the world on nuclear projects, the UK is one of the best places to be right now for new build and it’s a great honour to join the Horizon Leadership Team to help deliver Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey. All the building blocks are there for Horizon to be a real success and I look forward to working with them as they move into the next phase of their growth and development.”
 
This news comes as Horizon continues to build momentum in all areas of its project. It recently completed a third and final round of Pre-Application Consultation on Anglesey and is progressing its application for the main planning consent – a Development Consent Order. Its technology, the UK ABWR continues to make good progress through the fourth and final stage of the Office for Nuclear Regulation Generic Design Assessment process, on target to complete in Dec 2017. In addition Horizon submitted an application for a Nuclear Site Licence in March 2017 which if successful, will be granted in 2018.
 
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For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power              
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce expected to peak at 8,500. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
 
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated £5,000 towards this year’s Cemaes Carnival, through its Charitable Donations, Community Support & Sponsorship scheme.

The annual event, which has been held on August Bank Holiday Monday since 1934, relies on donations from local organisations and the fundraising efforts of the committee throughout the year to go ahead.
 
However, given the unpredictability of August Bank Holiday weather, Horizon has donated £5,000 to enable the organisers to buy a new marquee to keep visitors and stalls dry and sheltered, whatever the weather.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said; “Cemaes Carnival is a long-running event that brings together the community and tourists from far and wide.
 
“It’s also held down the road from the Wylfa Newydd site office, so we wanted to offer support to the team that organise it. While we’re all hoping for a sunny weekend, the donation will help make sure it’s another huge success come rain or shine.”
 
Steve Bray, leader of the Carnival Committee, said; “We’re extremely grateful to Horizon and everyone else who donated towards the carnival. Without support from local businesses and other community groups the event wouldn’t be possible.
 
“The new marquee is particularly important as poor weather has sometimes harmed the success of the carnival in the past, but we now have a contingency if it rains. On behalf of the whole committee I would like to thank Horizon for its generosity.”
 
This year’s carnival will be on the 28 August, with the procession starting at 1pm and festivities taking place throughout the day. For more information about the event, go to Cemaes Carnival’s Facebook page or email cemaescarnival@aol.com
 
More information on Horizon’s Charitable Donations, Community Support & Sponsorship scheme is available on its website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/about/community-support.
 
To find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, call 0800 954 9516, or follow Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
     
     

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


Held at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni, Horizon’s Work Insight Week gives students access to Horizon team members who run a range of activities designed to teach them about the working life of Wylfa Newydd. Alongside an explanation of how to build and operate the proposed nuclear power station, the students got to visit the site and learn more about the scale of the Project and the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring.
 
The students also got to try out a range of skills they’ll need to excel in their future careers. As well as testing their interview skills, they learnt about the importance of communication, leadership and team working and were asked to create and deliver a presentation on the Project to the Horizon team with Horizon’s Operations Director, Greg Evans, judging the entries.
 
Greg said: “It was great to meet such a talented and enthusiastic group of young people and to welcome them to life at Wylfa Newydd.
 
“I was very impressed with their willingness to get involved, take the opportunity to learn more about us and gain essential skills for life. I wish each of our 2017 group all the very best for the future – who knows some of them may come and join us as apprentices or graduates in the future!“
 
Luke Williams, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “Work Insight Week brings Wylfa Newydd to life in an exciting way – I took part last year, and learnt a lot.
 
“As an apprentice, I’m now part of the business and that’s a really great place to be and would definitely encourage students to get involved too!”
 
For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516, or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com

Plans setting out Horizon‘s proposed improvements to sections of the A5025 and for preparing its Wylfa Newydd site for construction will be consulted on during a series of events to be held during August.

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

19 July 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced a partnership with Tecnatom, a global nuclear training services provider, as it looks to grow the future operational workforce for its lead project Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.

Tecnatom which provides training services to a range of nuclear power stations around the world, will lead a training support team comprising GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Collectively they bring a vast amount of global experience both in nuclear operations training generally and in ABWR reactor operations training specifically.  
 
The Tecnatom training support team will work alongside Horizon’s in-house training team and local training providers to enhance and refine the company’s existing apprentice programme and advise on other local apprentice programmes in collaboration with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, the main college in North West Wales. This partnership will also see Horizon strengthening its links with Bangor University to introduce nuclear elements into its existing courses and working with both the University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to look at the feasibility of introducing degree apprenticeships.
 
The training support team will provide a rigorous, Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) in line with global best practice. The initial phase of work will deliver a comprehensive training needs analysis and set the scope of the training requirements for all licenced company roles including the Control Room Operators, Field Operators, Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, Radiation Protection Technicians, Chemists and other support staff. Further phases of work will cover the delivery of training.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Tecnatom training support team. It is particularly well qualified as they have a wealth of experience and are well used to working with personnel from a range of different cultures globally often in bi-lingual communities.  This is especially important as the vast majority of our operations workforce will come from Anglesey delivering on our commitment to provide work opportunities for three generations on the island.”
 
Francisco Javier Guerra, Chief Executive Officer, Tecnatom said: “Together with our training support team colleagues we’re looking forward to helping Horizon build a new generation of world class nuclear operators that will be essential to the successful delivery of Wylfa Newydd.”
 
Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator and ensure the transfer of global excellence in nuclear skills to Horizon’s growing team on Anglesey and at its Gloucester HQ.
 
This news comes as Horizon continues to build momentum in all areas of its project. It recently completed a third and final round of Pre-Application Consultation on Anglesey ahead of its main planning consent, a Development Consent Order due for submission later this year.  Its technology, the UK ABWR continues to make good progress through the fourth and final stage of the Office for Nuclear Regulation Generic Design Assessment process, on target to complete in Dec 2017. In addition Horizon submitted an application for a Nuclear Site Licence in March 2017 which if successful, will be granted in 2018.
 
For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 
Notes to Editors:
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power              
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce expected to peak at 8,500. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
About Tecnatom
Tecnatom was set up in 1957 as an engineering company specialising in guaranteeing the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants to the highest levels of safety.
Tecnatom provides, among other services, comprehensive training for the global Nuclear Industry with more than 35 years experience in applying the most advanced training methodologies. Tecnatom training group is comprised of over 160 professional instructors who are specialized in the multiple technologies of generation II, III and IV. These instructors approach the training with a firm focus on the personnel and plant performance improvement.
For more information about Tecnatom, please visit www.tecnatom.com.
 
About GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd
GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd (Gen2) was established in 2000 as an employer-owned training provider in West Cumbria. Now part of the City and Guilds Group, Gen2 is one of the UK’s largest training providers to the nuclear sector, working with over 200 employers to provide apprenticeships, further education, higher education and a wide range of specialist courses. Assessed by OFSTED as Grade 1 (Outstanding), Gen2 delivers learner-focussed, high quality training to the highest national and international standards with a strong embedded nuclear safety culture.      
 
About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter @gehnuclear.
 
 

Horizon Nuclear Power’s ten apprentices arrived back on Anglesey recently after a fortnight of work experience in Japan hosted by Hitachi-GE.

The trip was an opportunity for the apprentices, who started with Horizon in September 2016, to meet and work alongside Hitachi apprentices, to learn more about Hitachi’s manufacturing approaches, and get an insight into Japanese culture.
 
The apprentices had a busy itinerary, taking them from Tokyo to Hitachi City and covering everything from Kendo lessons with fellow Japanese apprentices to visiting Hitachi’s Kaigan Factory, where the company has been manufacturing steam turbines for almost 100 years. They also visited Shimane Nuclear Power Station near Matsue, where Hitachi’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) technology is being constructed at Shimane, unit 3.
 
The fortnight was rounded off with a visit to the British Embassy where they met the British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden, and presented him with a mounted core sample from ground where Wylfa Newydd will be built.
 
Luke Williams, one of Horizon’s apprentices, said: “We had a fantastic time. We knew it was going to be a new experience, but weren’t expecting to learn so much. Hitachi is a huge company with an incredible history, so we’re lucky to have had so much insight into what they do.
 
“It was a busy fortnight, but the highlight for me was visiting Hitachi City, where important components for Wylfa Newydd will be made, and meeting other apprentices; it really helped me understand how much value apprentices can bring to the future of projects like Shimane 3 in Japan and Wylfa Newydd here in Wales.”
 
Greg Evans, Wylfa Newydd’s Operations Director, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the apprentices. They’ve worked so hard this past year and their progress has been very impressive. They went to Japan not only representing Horizon, but all young people in North Wales and we couldn’t have sent a better group. 
 
“Our apprenticeship scheme continues to go from strength-to-strength and I know the next cohort – due to start in September this year – will look to our 2016 intake and learn from their experiences.”
 
Horizon Nuclear Power has recently completed recruitment of the second intake of apprentices who will be joining the programme in September 2017.
 
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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.
     
     
  • About Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and GE in July 2007, as one of the world’s leading comprehensive plant manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture, inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project management. Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those currently under construction. For more information about Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, please visit http://www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en/index.html
     

Budding archaeologists across Anglesey and North Wales are being invited to help uncover the secrets hidden in the soil around Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd site.

As part of its comprehensive archaeological investigations, Horizon is inviting members of the public to get involved in a community dig at the site. Volunteers will help Horizon uncover the past and record the fascinating historical information they find.
 
The work will take place this summer as Horizon undertakes more investigations following last year’s site-wide archaeological evaluations. This will help gain a better understanding of the discoveries from the earlier works. 
 
The excavations will remove the soil from each of the investigation areas, allowing the amateur archaeologists from the community to work alongside Horizon’s specialists to reveal and record their findings. With the digs complete and the information safely recorded, Horizon will restore the land to its original condition.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “We need to conduct more of these archaeological studies and want to offer local people the chance to help us dig, ensuring we have a complete record of the history of our corner of North Wales.
 
“We’ll be holding community digs throughout August and if people want to come and join us they should get in touch. We’ll provide professional guidance and all the equipment, so you just need to bring your natural curiosity and a willingness to get your hands dirty!”
 
In addition to the community dig, Horizon will be organising a series of talks across the island later this year – outlining the archaeological studies that have taken place and discussing its findings. Members of the Horizon team will also be visiting local schools over the coming months to talk to students about the studies.
 
Anybody wanting to express an interest in joining the community dig should contact Horizon freephone on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com before 26 July.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Saranne Postans – 07757 845269 or saranne.postans.contractor@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.

A Horizon spokesman said: “The report rightly highlights both the benefits of new nuclear and the challenges that we need to address. We are confident, given the tried and tested nature of our technology and if we learn lessons from the NAO’s report, that we can meet these challenges and deliver at a competitive price”


“We welcome the recognition in the report of the role nuclear can play in helping the UK achieve a low carbon electricity mix at the lowest-cost and that this is a view supported by a wide range of independent energy analysts. Our lead project, Wylfa Newydd, will be a vital part of the UK’s energy future, alongside other nuclear projects as well as renewables.”

“We also recognise the need to continually remake the case for new nuclear, including on cost, as the report sets out. The benefits of nuclear in terms of clean, reliable and secure electricity are clear, but these must also be delivered at a price that works for consumers, the Government, and investors. We will continue to work with all parties, including the Government, to ensure that our project meets this test and the report highlights many of the key areas that we are already considering.”
 

Horizon has completed its latest stage of consultation after speaking with more than a thousand people across Anglesey and North Wales about its updated proposals for the new Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

More than 800 people came along to Horizon events across Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy. As well as holding public exhibitions in village halls and community centres, Horizon took its consultation bus into communities and to popular locations such as supermarkets, quaysides, farmers’ markets and tourist hotspots. The team also visited the livestock market at Gaerwen and the cafe at Bangor Hospital to hear people’s views on the Project.
 
Horizon met more than 200 younger islanders during lunchtime visits to all five secondary schools on Anglesey in its consultation bus. Members of the team explained more about the project and the range of careers that will be on offer at the new power station.
 
Horizon’s latest proposals include appointing a Welsh Language and Culture Coordinator, supporting an Employment and Skills Service, improving science and technology facilities for all five secondary schools on the island, supporting investment in new build affordable housing, and a fund to support marketing initiatives and skills and training for the tourism sector.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Horizon, said: “Our aim was to make it easier for more people to speak with us in more places than ever before. So we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to come and see us, whether that was in Cemaes Village Hall, Holyhead Leisure Centre or Caernarfon Town Square. 
 
“Thank you also to everyone who sent us their feedback on our proposals. We’ll now read and carefully consider all comments received as we finalise our application to build the power station, before submitting it later this year.”
 
As part of Horizon’s application to build the power station - known as a Development Consent Order - it will submit a Consultation Report that captures all of the themes and issues fed back at every stage of formal public consultation. It will also outline how people’s views have been taken into account.
 
Separately, Horizon will soon be consulting on other aspects of its Project which require planning permissions from Isle of Anglesey County Council. These include improvements to the existing A5025 between Valley and the Wylfa Newydd site, and updated proposals to prepare and clear the Wylfa Newydd site for development. Horizon will share more information about these proposals with local residents in the weeks ahead.
 
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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.

Horizon Nuclear Power is proud to be sponsoring the National Eisteddfod, supporting a science roadshow highlighting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to young people across Anglesey.

The science roadshow, which starts this week, gets youngsters excited about STEM subjects through interactive activities and events. Run by the team organising this year’s National Eisteddfod of Wales 2017, the events will build to a series of events taking place at this year’s Festival.
 
This summer’s Eisteddfod will be the first time Horizon has attended and is pleased to have a space in the Science and Technology Pavilion. The company will have a range of fun and interactive activities on offer, designed to encourage children and their families to think about how they use STEM skills and ideas in everyday life.
 
Greg Evans, Horizon’s Operations Director, said: “The Eisteddfod is a nationally important event that we’re thrilled to be attending and supporting.
 
“As a celebration of the Welsh language and culture we want to take our place, to make a commitment to the community we’ll be part of for the next 100 years.
 
“We’re looking forward to an exciting calendar of events and concerts, and the opportunity to speak with people from across Wales and beyond. The festival promises to be one of the most successful yet and we’re delighted to be part of it.”
 
Elfed Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru said: “We’re really grateful for the support from Horizon and look forward to welcoming the team for the first time. Their support through the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education through the Welsh Language has had a real impact on the young people of Anglesey and Gwynedd and we’re looking forward to working alongside them to ensure a real legacy to our work locally.”  
 
Come along and meet the Horizon team in the Science and Technology Pavilion!
 
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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.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first cohort of 10 local apprentices have arrived in Tokyo ready for two weeks’ work experience and training in Japan

Gloucester, 13th June, 2017 - Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE), a joint venture of Hitachi, Ltd. and GE, who will provide the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) technology for Wylfa Newydd, a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, is hosting the apprentices, who will receive an introduction to the training, skills and practices of their Hitachi-GE counterparts in Japan.

The apprentices, employed by Horizon since September 2016, are nearing completion of their first year of the three-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with a basic skills and knowledge introduction to the Nuclear Industry.

Whilst in Japan, they will visit Shimane ABWR nuclear power station, and Kaigan and Rinkai – two of the five factories in Hitachi Works – as well as Hitachi’s HQ in Tokyo. Also scheduled is a meeting with students at the Hitachi Senior Technical High School.

Greg Evans, Operations Director for Horizon, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices – the training offered by Hitachi-GE will be invaluable, and we are grateful for the opportunity to visit some of the key areas within Hitachi Works.

“The apprentices will be able to meet their Japanese peers and counterparts and learn a little bit more about what their working day and roles entail. There will be many opportunities to share best practice and Hitachi’s detailed experience of the ABWR, which they will find useful as they set out on their careers in the industry. 

“This will also be a great opportunity for the Horizon apprentices to experience and enjoy the Japanese culture and, as fantastic young Welsh ambassadors, share their culture in return. It’s definitely a character building experience for all.
I am sure it will be an eye opening experience and the knowledge exchange, technically and culturally, will certainly be worthwhile.”

President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE, Tadashi Kume said: “It will be a pleasure to host the UK students during their time in Japan and we are very much looking forward to meeting them.

“I hope the experience will equip them well for future opportunities on the Wylfa Newydd project and allow them to expand their understanding of Hitachi’s practices and approaches. This is another great example of Japan and North Wales working closely together and we value spending time with the newer members of the team.”

Horizon’s recruitment for the second intake of technical apprentices has recently completed, and a further 12 apprentices will commence their studies in September, bringing Horizon’s total of apprentices to 22.

In addition, representatives from the Welsh Government are taking part in the visit to build on existing links with Japan and Hitachi and learn more about how Horizon are developing their apprentices with a view to bringing back best practice to Wales.

About Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and GE in July 2007, as one of the world’s leading comprehensive plant manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture, inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project management. Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those currently under construction. For more information about Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, please visit http://www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en/index.html

About Horizon Nuclear Power
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operations with a construction workforce expected to peak at 8,500. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com 
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totalled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group
 is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

 

Primary school students from Ysgol Tudno in Llandudno have won Horizon Nuclear Power’s competition to have their voices heard on the radio.

Delivered in collaboration with UCreate, primary and secondary schools across Anglesey and North Wales were challenged by Horizon to think about what a new power station project might mean for local communities and encourage people to take part in consultation for the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Pupils were asked to research the Project and bring their own journalistic ideas to the power station development on Anglesey to create a 60 second feature on a topic they found interesting. The winning students at Ysgol Tudno Llandudno chose the environment as one of their areas of interest, exploring how the Wylfa Newydd team is working to protect the environment, while developing the multi-billion pound Project.
 
The students have now recorded their feature which will be played on Capital FM Llandudno from Tuesday 6 June to Sunday 11 June.
 
Claire Burgess, Horizon’s Education Programme Co-ordinator, said: “We were overwhelmed by the high standard of entries, which made the judging really challenging. With a shortlist of four entries we put it to a public vote through social media and Ysgol Tudno were the eventual winners, with students from Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern and Ysgol Cwm y Glo fielding strong entries too.
 
“What really stood out for the judges was how the students tackled a complex subject such as the environment and backed up their work with their own research about the kind of questions local people might want to ask as part of the consultation. We’d like to congratulate the students from Ysgol Tudno on a well-deserved win, and we look forward to hearing their work on the radio.”
 
Derfel Thomas, teacher at Ysgol Tudno Llandudno added: “We were ecstatic when we learned the students had won.  They put so much time and energy into their submission and we’re delighted to see that their hard work has paid off.”
 
As well as hearing their voices on the radio, the students also won a new iPad for the school. Two groups of students from Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern and a group from Ysgol Cwm y Glo, near Caernarfon, were runners up in the competition and were also awarded iPads last year.
 
To listen to the winning submissions tune into Capital FM Llandudno from Tuesday 6 June to Sunday 11 June between 4pm and 8pm.
 
For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516, or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall - on 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.

People across North Wales are being asked to give their views on the latest proposals for Wylfa Newydd, a new multi-billion pound power station on Anglesey.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s third formal consultation starts today, 24 May, and finishes on 22 June, giving people the chance to have their say on updates to the project. 
 
The company is presenting a more compact power station design. It is also suggesting where and how it can best manage the impacts from construction and bring long term benefits to the community.
 
Key project updates and changes described in the consultation include:
  • reduction in the area taken up by the main power station, with more buildings and facilities shared between the twin reactors
  • a single, carefully managed, temporary workers accommodation campus at the construction site
  • appointing a Welsh Language and Culture Coordinator to ensure protection and enhancement of language and culture remains at the heart of Horizon’s development
  • support for the development of an Employment and Skills Service to signpost people from across the region to jobs available at Wylfa Newydd
  • support for a capital investment programme for all five secondary schools on the island to improve science and technology facilities and help promote the take up of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects
  • funding to support a capital investment programme for the provision of new build affordable housing, initially focusing on increasing housing stock around the power station and in nearby Amlwch
  • establishing a tourism fund to support marketing initiatives and skills and training for those in the tourist sector.
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “In this third stage of consultation we’re focusing on the areas that have changed or where there are new proposals. 
 
“To make this project the best it can be it must be investable, constructable, and deliver a world-leading operating power station.   Wylfa Newydd must also be a welcome addition to the community which Anglesey and the wider region can be proud of.
 
“The changes we’re proposing will enable us to streamline our construction schedule, reduce the number of construction workers we need to bring in and temporarily house, and cut the number of development sites we need.  
 
“Alongside this we remain absolutely committed to being a good neighbour to the North Anglesey communities which will host the power station.  This includes creating opportunities for local companies and long term high quality careers in North Wales, particularly for young people currently in education. We look forward to hearing people’s views on these latest plans as we finalise our application.”
 
The single temporary workers accommodation campus reduces the number of accommodation buildings across the North of Anglesey.  Built in phases, it would initially create around 2,500 beds and could provide a maximum of 4,000 beds if needed.   Horizon is also combining its permanent essential off-site support buildings, including a garage and back-up control facilities, into one location.
 
The company will share its updated plans at public exhibitions in village and town halls, hotels and community centres across the region. Information will, once again, be made available online as well as at local libraries and council offices.  To make the consultation even more accessible, Horizon will also be visiting communities, workplaces and local events in a consultation bus, so people can meet members of the Wylfa Newydd team and discuss the latest plans.
 
Horizon’s events will be held on the following dates:
Public exhibitions
Saturday 27 May 10am - 1pm Llangefni Town Hall
Tuesday 30 May 1pm - 7pm Llanfaethlu Village Hall
Wednesday 31 May 1pm - 7pm The Valley Anglesey
Friday 2 June 1pm - 7pm Cemaes Village Hall
Saturday 3 June 10am - 1pm Amlwch Memorial Hall
Saturday 10 June 10am - 1pm Rhosybol Community Centre, Yr Ysgol
Monday 19 June 1pm - 7pm Cemaes Village Hall
 











Horizon’s consultation bus will be out and about at locations across North Wales on the following dates:
Consultation bus events
Tuesday 6 June 4pm – 7pm Douglas Inn  Car Park, Tregele
Wednesday 7 June 4pm – 7pm Holland Hotel Car Park, Llanfachraeth
Thursday 8 June 4pm - 7pm Conway Quay
Monday 12 June 4pm - 7pm Tesco Extra  Car Park , Bangor
Tuesday 13 June 4pm - 7pm Castle Square, Beaumaris
Wednesday 14 June 10am-1pm Lower Hill Street Car Park, Newry Street, Holyhead
Wednesday 14 June 4pm - 7pm Holyhead Leisure Centre Car Park
Friday 16 June 4pm - 7pm Castle Square, Caernarfon
Saturday 17 June 8am-1pm Anglesey Farmers’ Market, Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge
Tuesday 20 June 4pm – 7pm Douglas Inn car park, Tregele
 
















Information will also be available from Wednesday 24 May on the company’s consultation website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation where comments can be submitted online. Horizon can also be contacted on 0800 954 9516 or by emailing 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.

Anglesey Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Club has received a donation for two new wheelchairs from Horizon Nuclear Power as part of its Charitable Donations Scheme.


Founded in 2014, the Anglesey Hawks play in the North Wales Wheelchair Basketball league and train at Holyhead Leisure Centre every week. Since founding, the club has enjoyed continued success as a league team and has big plans for the future.

As one of the UK’s only fully inclusive sports that allows able-bodied and disabled players to play and train together, the Club is keen to encourage more people to take part but needs to provide equipment to do so. Earlier this year, the volunteer-run club applied to Horizon for funding for two new wheelchairs suitable for able-bodied players and members with less-limiting disabilities to take part in the sport and help them develop their game.

Susan MacPherson, Club Chair Person at Anglesey Hawks, said: “The new chairs are brilliant. We really want to raise the profile of the game and the new chairs mean able-bodied players can take part in this fantastic game too.

“We have a thriving club here in Holyhead, so if you’re interested in joining up and taking part – come along and have a go.”

Graham Berry, coach at Anglesey Hawks, said: “We enjoyed considerable success recently in Holyhead and some of our players have gone on to represent Wheelchair Basketball North Wales Knights in the National League. We’ve also had a number of junior players selected for the junior Knights team as well, so we hope the new equipment will give us an even greater opportunity to develop the teams we have here – thank you to Horizon for the donation.”

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “We’re pleased to be able to help out the Anglesey Hawks. It can be hard for a volunteer-run sports team to get the equipment they need to be able to operate, especially where players use equipment that caters to a specific need. The Hawks offer a valuable service to both disabled and able-bodied people, letting them participate in a sport that’s not only inclusive, but means they can remain active in a fun and competitive environment. We’re looking forward to cheering them on in the future and wish them all the very best for the upcoming season.”

To find out more about the Anglesey Hawks, visit their website at www.angleseyhawks.com, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. For anyone interested in getting involved with the Hawks, training is on Tuesday from 18.30 to 20.30 at Holyhead Leisure Centre.

For more information about Horizon’s Charitable Donations Scheme visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

Local charities and community groups across North Wales have received more than £80,000 in the last year thanks to a local project support scheme.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme helped more than 40 organisations across North Wales between April 2016 and 2017 and has donated more than £185,000 across the region since its launch in summer 2014.
 
Groups benefitting from the scheme in the last year include the Anglesey Show, Cylch Meithrin Cemaes and Ynys Môn Citizens Advice. The scheme has part-funded a new motorbike for Blood Bikes Wales in North Wales, an electric van for Anglesey Rural Food Bank and supported the new Llangefni Urban Sports Park.
 
Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Wylfa Newydd will be a part of the community for more than 100 years, so it’s really important that we support local good causes that benefit people in the area.
 
“We’re delighted to see so many people applying to us for support and are pleased that we’ve been able to provide donations to such a broad range of organisations and charities doing excellent work in communities across the region.
 
“We continue to encourage local causes to contact us if they have a project that fits our criteria and look forward to supporting many more organisations in the coming years.”
 
For more information about the Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme and how to apply visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing 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.
 
 
 

People in North Wales are being invited to have their say on updated proposals for Wylfa Newydd, a new multi-billion pound power station on Anglesey.

Beginning on 24 May, Horizon Nuclear Power will carry out a smaller scale consultation focusing on aspects of its Project which have been updated including redesigning the power station layout to reduce its overall footprint.

The consultation continues the progress made by Horizon since its first two stages of major consultation in 2014 and 2016, providing another opportunity for local people to give their feedback before the company submits an application to build the power station later this year.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer for Horizon, said: “As we move towards submitting an application to build the power station, we’re continually reviewing our proposals to ensure they are the best they can be for everyone with a stake in the project, including those living and working on Anglesey now and for generations to come.  

“Our latest proposals include a more compact site layout that means more activities can be carried out closer to the power station.  Many aspects of our proposals remain the same, including our commitment to the residents and communities of Anglesey, and to the Welsh language and culture. It’s really important for us to involve local people in shaping and refining our plans, so I’d like to thank everyone again for all of the feedback they’ve provided so far, and look forward to hearing their thoughts on our updates.”

As well as holding events at venues across Anglesey, Horizon will also be out and about in a consultation bus visiting popular locations such as shopping centres and markets across North Wales.

Horizon’s island events will be held on the following dates:
Public exhibitions
Saturday 27 May 10am - 1pm Llangefni Town Hall
Tuesday 30 May 1pm - 7pm Llanfaethlu Village Hall
Wednesday 31 May 1pm - 7pm The Valley Anglesey
Friday 2 June 1pm - 7pm Cemaes Village Hall
Saturday 3 June 10am - 1pm Amlwch Memorial Hall
Saturday 10 June 10am - 1pm Rhosybol Community Centre, Yr Ysgol
Monday 19 June 1pm - 7pm Cemaes Village Hall
   












Horizon’s consultation bus will be out and about at locations across North Wales on the following dates:
 
Consultation bus events
Tuesday 6 June 4pm – 7pm Douglas Inn  Car Park, Tregele
Wednesday 7 June 4pm – 7pm Holland Hotel Car Park, Llanfachraeth
Thursday 8 June 4pm - 7pm Conway Quay
Monday 12 June 4pm - 7pm Tesco Extra  Car Park , Bangor
Tuesday 13 June 4pm - 7pm Castle Square, Beaumaris
Wednesday 14 June 10am-1pm Lower Hill Street Car Park, Newry Street, Holyhead
Wednesday 14 June 4pm - 7pm Holyhead Leisure Centre Car Park
Friday 16 June 4pm - 7pm Castle Square, Caernarfon
Saturday 17 June 8am-1pm Anglesey Farmers’ Market, Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge
Tuesday 20 June 4pm – 7pm Douglas Inn car park, Tregele


















Anyone unable to meet the Horizon team face-to-face, or who wants to find out more, can visit Horizon’s consultation website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.  Information will be available from Wednesday 24 May, along with a feedback form so comments can be submitted online.
 
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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.
     
  • Horizon will publicise its latest Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) from Wednesday 26 April, with the revised document being available in libraries and online from Thursday 4 May.The SOCC explains how the company will formally consult with people living in the vicinity of the proposed development at Wylfa Newydd and how people can have their say on its plans.
     
  • The consultation material will be available to view on the Horizon website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation from Wednesday 24 May. Consultation will close on Thursday 22 June.
 

 

13 April 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has today welcomed the formation of a joint venture between Exelon and The Japan Atomic Power Company which will support the company as it continues to progress its nuclear new build project at Wylfa Newydd. The joint venture – to be known as JExel Nuclear – brings together two companies with whom Horizon has already been working and will provide advisory services, operations and maintenance management services.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon said: “We are delighted that two of the companies with whom we already working closely have come together to provide us with such a strong and consolidated service. We look forward to continuing to draw on their combined knowledge and experience of the global nuclear industry as we successfully deliver Wylfa Newydd and grow Horizon into a new, leading nuclear operator.”

Horizon announced its deal with JAPC in July 2016 and the partnership with Exelon in February 2017. Exelon – a leader in nuclear safety and operational excellence, who operate the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States – have embedded a team of four specialists in Horizon. Working alongside Horizon’s own growing team, they are providing expertise in engineering, maintenance, operations and training, as Horizon develops its own nuclear operating model.

Horizon’s partnership with JAPC draws on their experience and know-how gained from many years of involvement with boiling water reactors, covering design, construction, operation and maintenance. JAPC oversaw the construction of Japan’s first light water reactor and is supporting Horizon in areas such as construction costing, licensing, and planning for commissioning.

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For more information, please contact:
 
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com


Notes to Editors:

About Horizon Nuclear Power
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.


About Exelon
Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), is one of the largest, most efficient clean energy producers in the U.S., with a generating capacity of more than 32,500 megawatts.  Exelon Generation operates the largest U.S. fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants with 19,400 megawatts of capacity from 22 reactors at 13 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Exelon Generation also operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 16 states with more than 13,100 megawatts. Exelon Generation has an industry-leading safety record and is an active partner and economic engine in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help towns and regions grow.

Follow Exelon Generation on Twitter @ExelonGen and @ExelonNuclear, view the Exelon Generation channel on YouTube, and visit: http://www.exeloncorp.com/companies/exelon-generation


About The Japan Atomic Power Company
The Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) was established in November 1957 as a power company solely engaged in nuclear energy in Japan. Since then, the company has continued to play a leading role in the electric power industry as a pioneer in nuclear power generation through various projects, including the construction of the first commercial nuclear power plant in Japan and the construction, operation and decommissioning of power plants.

JAPC owns Tokai Power Station (GCR), which is currently under decommissioning, Tokai No.2 Power Station (BWR) and Tsuruga Power Station, which has Unit1 (BWR) and Unit2 (PWR). Also, Advanced-PWRs are currently under construction in its Tsuruga site. For more information about JAPC, please visit the company’s website at http://www.japc.co.jp.

 

 

Come and meet the Horizon Nuclear Power team at the next Open Surgery on Monday 24 April at Cemaes Village Hall, from 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

The monthly Open Surgeries, which are held in locations across Anglesey, give people the chance to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and offer the opportunity to have questions answered by a member of the Horizon team.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “With our recent Site Licence Application submission and increased activity on site this is a great opportunity for local residents to come along and speak with our team about what’s going on near them.”

If you can’t call in to meet the team in Cemaes, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

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For more information contact:

Claire Loveday – on 01242 507700 or claire.loveday@Horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to editors:

• Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

• Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.

4th April 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has taken another major step towards delivering The Wylfa Newydd power station with the submission of its application for a Nuclear Site Licence. A Site Licence is one of the main permissions Horizon will need as it looks to build and operate two UK Advanced-Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) units on Anglesey in Wales.

Receipt of the application by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) now triggers a rigorous 19 month programme of assessment and intervention to establish whether Horizon can demonstrate it will be in control of all safety related activities on its site.

The Site Licence Application (SLA) follows more than two years of preparation by Horizon and focuses on topics such as the suitability of the organisation, the suitability of the site and the suitability of its reactor design for use at the site. The ONR will only grant a Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) once it is satisfied that Horizon has met the 36 Licence Conditions and licensee obligations required to demonstrate it is capable and competent to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility.  If licensed, Horizon will then be regulated by the ONR for the full lifecycle of the site from construction to decommissioning.

Anthony Webb, Safety and Licensing, Director, Horizon, said, “Today’s announcement marks a significant development in the maturity and growth of Horizon as we get ready to build and operate our lead site at Wylfa Newydd.  We already have a proven technology, aligned with experienced leadership, and we are rapidly building the wider capability and organisation to help ensure success.  Our focus will now be fully on providing the ONR with confidence in our ability to safely deliver this crucial project.”
In preparation for today’s announcement Horizon recently created a Site Licence Company Board to be chaired by Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power. Horizon also appointed experienced industry experts William Doig and Dr Ken Petrunik as independent non-executive directors to strengthen the Board’s nuclear credentials.

The nuclear site licence application comes as Horizon prepares to undertake its final stage of community consultation in the summer ahead of submitting its Development Consent Order (DCO) later this year and as its UK ABWR reactor technology progresses through the fourth and final stage of its Generic Design Assessment, on track to complete by the end of Dec 2017. 

If consent is granted, Horizon aims to receive all the necessary permissions by the end of 2018.

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For more information, please contact:
 
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to Editors:

About Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd.
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 at Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd is the Horizon group company that submitted the Site Licence Application to the ONR.  It is a separate legal entity that, if granted a Nuclear Site Licence, will be the Site Licence Company responsible for the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. 
 
A Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) is a licence granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 for the installation and operation of a nuclear reactor and will cover the full life cycle from construction to operation and through to decommissioning.  A standard set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence that requires Site Licence Companies to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance. Prior to a Nuclear Site Licence being granted a Site Licence Company has to demonstrate it is a suitable legal entity that is able to discharge its regulatory obligations.

For more information about the SLA package including an Overview Document that provides a summary of Horizon’s Nuclear Site Licence application please visit Horizon’s website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com
 
For more information on nuclear regulation and site licence applications, please visit the website of the Office for Nuclear Regulation at http://www.onr.org.uk/licensing.htm

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated £1000 to Blood Bikes Wales North West, to go towards purchasing a new blood bike to transport emergency medical provisions across the region.

Blood Bikes Wales applied to Horizon’s Charitable Donations scheme for funding towards a new Triumph Sprint motorcycle, which delivers critical medical supplies, including blood, platelets and other potentially life-saving supplies to patients across North West Wales.

The charity, which relies entirely on volunteers and donations, received a £5000 donation in a will and Horizon donated the rest of the money needed. The bike has been named Gwenda, in memory of the lady who donated the money.

Emma Lampka, Blood Bikes Wales’ Chair, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Horizon’s donation.  Blood Bikes Wales is an organisation run entirely by volunteers, so donations like this go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of providing a comprehensive delivery service for the NHS in Wales.”

“The new bike is a great boost to the team, and we’re delighted to be able to offer a better service to the NHS in North West Wales and further afield.”

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “The charitable donations scheme is designed to help local good causes, and we are pleased we can support a fantastic charity such as Blood Bikes Wales, who provide the region with an invaluable service, that potentially saves lives.”

Anybody interested in volunteering, donating or fundraising for Blood Bikes Wales – North West can find out more by visiting bloodbikeswales.org.uk, or follow them on Twitter, @bloodbikeswales and Facebook, at Blood Bikes Wales.

For more information about Horizon’s Charitable Donations Scheme visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 9549516 or emailing 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.

• Blood Bikes Wales was formed in 2012 and has an overall goal to develop and maintain its professional “out of hours” service, to help the overstretched NHS in Wales. Along with an interim “in hours” enhancement service to the NHS in Wales and other charity partners, who need the service.

Horizon Nuclear Power is holding educational sessions at local primary schools to inspire young people to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The visits to primary schools on Anglesey are part of Horizon’s Futures programme, aimed at introducing the next generation to a career in the energy sector by exploring STEM subjects and the skills and opportunities they can offer.

Horizon is running the sessions with Bangor University’s Widening Access team, which aims to reach children at a young age in order to raise aspirations and open doors to higher and further education. The Futures programme has been developed in line with the curriculum and with input from teachers.  It includes a range of activities focused on the science behind low-carbon energy including nuclear.

Claire Burgess, Education Programme Co-ordinator at Horizon Nuclear Power, said:
“The children we’ve been to visit so far have been so enthusiastic about these key subjects. It’s wonderful that they’re already taking an interest in topics that could turn into opportunities for them later in life.

“Wylfa Newydd will bring plenty of job opportunities and, through our Futures programme, we’re aiming to raise awareness of local children and young people to enable them to capitalise on such opportunities.”

You can find more information about Horizon’s Futures programme, which complements the curriculum from primary years to higher education, and access educational materials at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/futures.

You can also find a link to the Electricity and You app, aimed at 7-11 year olds to get them thinking about how they use electricity at home, this is available on Apple and Android platforms.
If you’d like Horizon to visit your school or find out more about the Futures programme you can contact community@horizonnuclearpower.com or call 0800 954 9516.

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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.

The deadline for applications to Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme is looming. The closing date for anyone still hoping to apply is Friday 3 March.


Now in its second year, Horizon’s scheme is looking for ambitious, future-engineers to join the company and help build and operate the future Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station. There are just a few days left to submit an application to be one of up to 12 apprentices taken on by Horizon this year.
 
The three-year scheme is designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the apprentices will initially be based at the college’s Bangor workshop. The apprentices will then move to the new Engineering Centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni Campus in the 2018/2019 academic year.
 
Gerwyn Williams, Apprenticeship Scheme Manager at Horizon, said: “We want to support the next generation of workers by offering a range of training that gives people the chance to try their hand at a range of technical disciplines. It’s an exciting course and could be the starting point of a long career with Horizon.
 
“We’ve had a great response to the scheme so far but there’s still time to apply if you’re interested in kicking off a career in the energy sector.”
 
Applicants will go through interviews and selection centres with successful candidates receiving offer letters before the end of May. Applications can be completed online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:  
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.

15th February 2017 Horizon Nuclear Power and Exelon Generation today announced a partnership to advance Horizon’s progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.

Exelon Generation, a leader in nuclear safety and operational excellence, operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States. This new operating partnership brings Exelon’s experience to Horizon as it grows its own expertise and capability to operate a next generation nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.

A team of four Exelon specialists, with over a century of collective experience, will work alongside Horizon’s growing team, providing expertise in engineering, maintenance, operations and training. The Exelon team will support Horizon’s Safety & Generation Director, Greg Evans, himself a veteran nuclear operator, as Horizon develops its own nuclear operating model.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon said: "We aim to make Horizon a world-leading nuclear operator and to be the best, you have to learn from the best. With its proven expertise and decades of experience, Exelon will be a vital part of our success. Alongside our own expert people, they will form a team that will ready us to successfully run Wylfa Newydd even as we continue to progress towards its construction."

“This is an exciting opportunity to share Exelon Generation’s industry-leading technical and operational experience with Horizon as they move forward with plans to build and operate a world class nuclear facility,” said Mike Pacilio, Exelon Generation Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to expanding our presence in the UK and leveraging Exelon’s proven nuclear management model and exceptional workforce to advance operational excellence around the globe.” 
 
Exelon Generation operates the largest fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants in the U.S., with 19,460 megawatts of capacity from 22 reactors at 13 facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and New Jersey. Eight of Exelon’s nuclear facilities are boiling water reactors. The Wylfa Newydd project will deploy two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors, representing the next generation of reactor technology.

Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator. The partners will be selected to help in a number of key areas including operations and maintenance, BWR experience, UK licensing expertise, and training. Working alongside key North Wales-based training providers, the partners will help ensure the transfer of global excellence in nuclear operator skills to Horizon’s growing team on Anglesey and at its Gloucester HQ.

For more information, please contact:

Ben Russell                                                          David Tillman
Horizon Nuclear Power                                        Exelon Generation
+44 (0)7580 948 106                                       +1 717 368 0969
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com          david.tillman@exeloncorp.com
 
Notes to Editors
About Horizon

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000.

For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

About Exelon
Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), is one of the largest, most efficient clean energy producers in the U.S., with a generating capacity of more than 32,500 megawatts.  Exelon Generation operates the largest U.S. fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants with 19,400 megawatts of capacity from 22 reactors at 13 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Exelon Generation also operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 16 states with more than 13,100 megawatts. Exelon Generation has an industry-leading safety record and is an active partner and economic engine in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help towns and regions grow.

Follow Exelon Generation on Twitter @ExelonGen and @ExelonNuclear, view the Exelon Generation channel on YouTube, and visit: http://www.exeloncorp.com/companies/exelon-generation

Come and meet the Horizon Nuclear Power team at the next Open Surgery on Monday 20 February at Amlwch Town Hall, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm.

 
The monthly Open Surgeries, which are held in locations across Anglesey, give people the chance to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project and offer the opportunity to have questions answered by a member of the Horizon team.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “This is the second Open Surgery of 2017 and our first visit to Amlwch this year.
 
“We find Open Surgeries a useful way to understand what people want to see from Wylfa Newydd and find out what they care about. For Horizon, we’re in the middle of a very exciting time with a number of local initiatives in the pipeline, one of which is our Technical Apprenticeship Scheme, so please pop in and find out more about our work in 2017.”
 
Earlier this month Horizon Nuclear Power opened applications for its second intake of technical apprentices to support the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey. The comprehensive three-year scheme has been designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives ambitious, engineering-minded students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and qualifications.
 
Applications to the Horizon Nuclear Power Technical Apprenticeship Scheme remain open until 3 March 2017. The second intake of up to 12 apprentices is part of Horizon’s commitment to put in place a skilled local workforce to help build and operate the future nuclear power station.
 
If you can’t call in to meet the team at Amlwch, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516 or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – on 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.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced two new appointments to the Board of Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd. William Doig, Power & Energy Consultant, Grove Consulting and Dr Ken Petrunik, former Advisor to the CEO of Nuclear Power, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, will join the Board as independent non-executive directors effective from the 1st March.


These appointments further strengthen the nuclear credentials of the Board as Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd prepares to apply for a nuclear site licence for the construction and operation of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, on Anglesey, North Wales. 

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power, said, “I am delighted that two globally respected figures like Ken Petrunik and Bill Doig have agreed to take up these posts with Horizon. They bring a vast amount of experience in nuclear development, construction, operations, and project management to further strengthen our team as we progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.”

Ken Petrunik said, “Having worked across the world on nuclear projects, the UK is one of the best places to be right now for new build and it’s a great honour to get involved with the Horizon project. All the building blocks are there for Horizon to be a real success and I look forward to working with them as they move into the next phase of their growth and development.”

Bill Doig said, “Horizon represents the next generation of nuclear operations in the UK, and having run the current fleet of reactors, it is an exciting prospect for me to be able to help them as they progress. The leadership and workforce at Horizon have what it takes to make Wylfa Newydd a world class nuclear facility and it will be a fascinating project to be part of.”

The Site Licence Company will be the corporate body and legal entity responsible for the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Board, as the ultimate decision-making authority in the company, will be responsible for overall governance; ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements are met; setting the strategic aims; and managing risks and operational performance against company objectives. It is ultimately accountable for all safety, security and environmental related activities and decisions that may affect the site.

 
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For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
A Nuclear Site Licence is a licence granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 for the installation and operation of a nuclear reactor and will cover the full life cycle from construction to operation and through to decommissioning.  A standard set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence that requires Site Licence Companies to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance. Prior to a Nuclear Site Licence being granted a Site Licence Company has to demonstrate it is a suitable legal entity that is able to discharge its regulatory obligations.
 
Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd is a Horizon group company and separate legal entity that will submit the Site Licence Application to the ONR for a Nuclear Site Licence. The Wylfa Board sits beneath the main Horizon Nuclear Power Board and is responsible for Wylfa Newydd, enabling it to fulfil the duties of a Site Licence Company. The main Horizon Nuclear Power Board represents the wider Horizon group and Shareholder(s) interests.
 
Dr Ken Petrunik
Dr. Ken Petrunik is currently a consultant in nuclear power and project management. He retired from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in January 2015 as Advisor to the CEO – Nuclear Power.  From 2009 to 2014, Ken was Chief Programme Officer leading ENEC contracting and oversight of KEPCO for the delivery of four APR 1400 nuclear power plants.
 
Prior to this, Ken was with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) for 35 years where he his final role was President of the CANDU Reactor Division. There he led the construction and project management of CANDU 6 nuclear power stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China on time and on budget. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an esteemed group of less than 300 other Canadians elected based on their distinguished service and contribution.
 
Ken has been a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association. He received a leadership award from the Canadian Nuclear Association for the successful completion of Qinshan in China, and the K. Y. Lo medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for contribution to international engineering.
 
 
Bill Doig
In a career spanning 50 years, Bill’s past experience also includes, Director of Special Projects at NNC Limited, Generation Director at British Energy (Generation) UK Limited and Station Director at Torness Power Station for Scottish Nuclear/British Energy.
 
Prior to this he was Director, Nuclear Business Development at Doosan Babcock for 8 years. There he was responsible for the development and on-going support the UK Nuclear Fleet of AGR/PWR stations in an operational capacity, as well as supporting the decommissioning programme for the Magnox Fleet. As the Nuclear New Build Programme was developed, he assisted in the corporate engagement with potential owners and constructors of these new plants.
 
Bill is currently a Power and Energy Consultant at Grove Consulting. In this capacity has supported a number of clients, including a role as Director of Projects (Scotland) for an Energy from Waste (EfW) Company where they were constructing new plants and developing Waste Recovery programmes, and advising a Legal Company in the development of their business in the Energy Market customer base.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today opened applications for its second intake of technical apprentices to support the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey.

The second intake of up to 12 apprentices is part of Horizon’s commitment to put in place a skilled local workforce to help build and operate the future nuclear power station.

The comprehensive three-year scheme has been designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives ambitious, engineering-minded students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and qualifications while working on one of Europe’s most transformational infrastructure projects.

The apprentices will follow in the footsteps of last year’s intake and initially will be based at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Bangor workshop, where they’ll get to grips with the engineering skills needed to build and operate Wylfa Newydd. However, once the brand new Engineering Centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni Campus opens, the apprentices will move there. The Engineering Centre is expected to open in the 2018-2019 academic year and has received a £1m investment from Horizon.

Greg Evans, Safety and Generation Director at Horizon, said: “It’s an exciting time to be making career decisions in North Wales thanks to a number of large, long-term energy and engineering projects in the pipeline.

“The Wylfa Newydd apprenticeship scheme is designed to provide the support, training and access to Horizon’s top engineers needed to kick-start a career in the energy sector. It’s a massive opportunity, so I encourage anyone with an interest in the industry to take a look and apply!”

Dr Ian Rees, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Executive Director - Business Development, said: “Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is delighted to have such an important role to play in the development of the skilled local workforce.

“As an organisation, our priority is helping local people get the education, skills and experience that will allow them to gain employment on projects such as Wylfa Newydd.

“We have been delighted with the progress of the current cohort of Horizon Apprentices who are studying at the college, and we look forward to welcoming the new intake of aspiring engineers in September.

Nia James, an apprentice at Horizon, said: “Wylfa Newydd is going to be one of the biggest projects anywhere in the UK in the next few years, so being able to apply my interest in engineering to the proposed power station and develop my skills is really exciting. It’s a challenging course, but there’s no better way to learn what’s needed to build and operate one of Europe’s most important energy projects.”

Applications can be filled in online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme.

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For more information contact:

Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:

• www.nucleargraduates.com
• www.nsan.co.uk/careers
• www.cogentskills.com
• www.regennuclear.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.

JANUARY 23rd 2017. Horizon Nuclear Power has been cleared to begin purchasing major equipment for its proposed new reactor at Wylfa Newydd. The independent assessment organisation, Bureau Veritas, issued Horizon with a Licensee Certificate confirming that its internal arrangements are suitable for the procurement of Long Lead Items.

Long Lead Items (LLIs) have long manufacturing times and are required early in the construction of the power station therefore they need to be ordered in advance of the main build on site.  The Licensee Certificate, only the second to be awarded in the UK, is the culmination of two years of preparation by Horizon and six months of assessment by Bureau Veritas.

Joe Savage, Head of Engineering Procurement and Construction, at Horizon said: “This is a significant milestone for Horizon as it marks another step in our journey towards becoming a Nuclear Site Licensee and the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Licensee Certificate demonstrates our ability to act as an ‘Intelligent Customer’ when procuring items or services from our suppliers to ensure they meet the correct technical specification and that adequate documentation is available to justify the safety of those items.”

Peter Whiers, Nuclear Engineering Manager at Bureau Veritas, said: “It is very rewarding to work as part of a team to build something that will supply large amounts of energy for generations to come.  Nuclear Engineering can be very challenging at times, however Horizon has created such a team and the award of the Licensee Certificate is the culmination of a significant amount of work resulting in the implementation of an excellent management system that combines safety, security, health, quality and environmental aspects.”

The first Long Lead Items, due for procurement in the first half of 2017 are the materials for: the Hydraulic Control Units that form part of the reactor’s primary shutdown systems; the Reactor Pressure Vessel; and the Reinforced Concrete Containment Vessel Liner.

The Certificate is valid for three years and will be re-validated on an annual basis until Horizon is granted a Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Horizon will be applying for its NSL in 2017 and expects grant subject to the ONR’s approval, in 2018.
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For more information, please contact:
 
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com

Notes to Editors

The Licensee Certificate is a document to verify that organisations who have yet to be granted a Nuclear Site Licence have suitable management systems, quality arrangements and supply chain practices in place before the purchase any nuclear safety related equipment or services. The issue of a Licensee Certificate is an expectation of ONR when a future licensee chooses to place orders for long lead items in advance of obtaining a Nuclear Site Licence.

A Nuclear Site Licence is a legal document granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for the full life cycle of the facility from construction to operation and through to decommissioning.  A set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence and require licensees to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance.

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 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

About Bureau Veritas
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organisations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide. The UK business is headquartered in Birmingham, has 1200 employees and is based in office locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. In 2014, the group posted revenues of €4.17 billion; the company has 66,500 employees worldwide, with 1,400 offices and laboratories, in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (stock symbol: BVI). www.bureauveritas.co.uk

Horizon Nuclear Power has donated almost £5,000 to Ynys Môn Citizens Advice to support the charity’s ongoing work across the island.

The Holyhead branch received the donation following an application to the Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship Scheme, which provides funding support to local charities, projects and groups.

Ynys Môn Citizens Advice is a volunteer organisation that provides independent, confidential and impartial advice to residents, a service that supported over 13,000 individuals last year and is available across the island Monday-Friday free of charge.
In order for volunteers and staff to operate an effective service several of the computers needed replacing. The donation made by Horizon Nuclear Power will enable Ynys Môn Citizens Advice to purchase 10 new computer systems in 2017.

Delyth Owen, Horizon Nuclear Power’s Community Involvement Officer, said: “Ynys Môn Citizens Advice does fantastic work in the local community, offering legal advice and support for people across the island. It’s also manned by volunteers who give up their time and expertise for free to help those that need it most. But without the right IT equipment in place, they simply can’t do what they need to do, which is why we were so keen to get involved and support this important charity.”

Jackie Blackwell, CEO of Ynys Môn Citizens advice said: “We’re delighted with the donation and we’re looking forward to getting our new IT systems up and running. In 2015/16 we saw 13,198 clients either face to face, telephone or via web chat. In 2017 we expect to see an increase in demand for our services.”

“We deal with the most vulnerable adults in society and our key objective is to ensure that everyone is treated equally, is aware of their rights and responsibilities and can enjoy quality of life. The new computers will go a long way to make sure residents on the island can continue to receive a high standard of advice and support and enable the Citizens Advice Service to respond to the changing and more challenging landscape of advice demand for the foreseeable future.”

Horizon has donated over £100,000 to local charities and groups in the past year through its Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship Scheme. Horizon continues to offer support and is always looking for good causes to help.

More about Horizon’s community support, and how to apply for funding, can be found at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.
 
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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.

Event highlights huge opportunities for UK, Japanese & Welsh supply chains.

18th JANUARY 2017. The supply chains of three countries came together this week to discuss how they can work in partnership to deliver Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd project. At a two day event at the British Embassy in Tokyo, companies from the UK, Wales and Japan gathered alongside government officials, trade associations, and wider stakeholders to hear about the progress made on the transformative project on Anglesey, North Wales and build on the long history of civil nuclear cooperation between the countries.

Executives from Horizon and Hitachi-GE set out how there were already partnerships in place between companies working on the development of Wylfa Newydd and outlined the multiple opportunities that the project will present in the coming years. Officials from the UK and Welsh Governments also spoke on the importance of the nuclear sector in the UK and showcased the support available for Japanese companies in both countries.

Horizon and its lead contractor, Menter Newydd – a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel, and JGC – are working to support partners in Japan, Wales, and the UK as they explore potential collaborations and begin building enduring relationships. Over the past year the project has raised awareness in Japan of Welsh and British capabilities, and in the UK of Japanese manufacturing.

Carl Devlin, Programme Director at Horizon said: “Wylfa Newydd already represents a partnership between the UK, Japan and Wales, with companies and governments from all three countries working with us to prepare for construction. We want to see these partnerships grow still further as we move forward, with the project representing the next phase in the countries’ decades’ long history of close cooperation on nuclear power.”

Shunsuke Utena, Managing Director of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd. and Executive Management Board member, Menter Newydd said: “Increasing collaboration between Japanese, Welsh and UK suppliers will bring huge opportunities across the industries in all three countries. Companies can pool their expertise to complement one another, strengthening their offering to Wylfa Newydd, to their benefit and to ours. There are already positive signs of flourishing partnerships and we’re working with suppliers to encourage further progress.”

The event at the British Embassy focused on both the nuclear new build and decommissioning opportunities across the three countries and, alongside companies from the UK, Wales and Japan, it was attended by: officials from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, and the Wales Office; the Welsh Government’s Department for Economy, Skills & Natural Resources; the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association and the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum; and the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation.

For more information, please contact:

Fran Tindall
Horizon Nuclear Power Limited
+44 (0)7580 948 147
fran.tindall@horizonnuclearpower.com

Lowri Joyce
Menter Newydd / Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe
+44 (0) 7464 980 601 
lowri.joyce@hitachi-hne.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. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com.

About Menter Newydd
Menter Newydd is an unincorporated joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd., taking joint and several responsibility for all activities undertaken in delivery of its contract to Horizon. Menter Newydd combines:
  • The expertise of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe in the design, procurement and deployment of manufactured goods relating to the UK ABWR.
  • The expertise of Bechtel as an EPC and overall project management partner, including on-site construction activity, development of a construction supply-chain, construction planning and construction site management.
  • The expertise of JGC in project management and integration of Japanese and global supply chains, as well as delivery of balance of plant.

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its first Open Surgery of 2017 on Monday 16 January at Cemaes Village Hall, from 1.00pm – 7.00pm.

This Open Surgery is a great opportunity to meet the team behind the Wylfa Newydd Project, ask questions and find out more about the company’s plans for 2017.
 
The monthly drop-in event is open to everyone, and if you’re planning to visit there’s no need to make an appointment.  
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’ve got plenty of activity planned for 2017, from continuing to get the site ready for construction to planning for our next intake of apprentices.
 
“As work picks up following the Christmas break, we’ll be in Cemaes Village Hall once again to give people the opportunity to pop in and ask us questions about the Project. We look forward to seeing people there.”
 
Details about Horizon’s upcoming Open Surgeries can be found online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa-newydd-have-your-say.
 
For more information or to contact the Wylfa Newydd team, call freephone 0800 954 9516, email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com, or visit www.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 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.