News Archive 2018

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Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed its ongoing commitment to supporting the Anglesey Agricultural Society - including its popular Anglesey Show - with the announcement of a further £5,000 sponsorship for 2018.

Horizon has been a sponsor of the Anglesey Agricultural Society since 2013 and has had a presence at the Anglesey Show for the last nine years. This newly-announced financial backing will be used to sponsor the main pavilion for all the events held at the showground this year.
 
At the Anglesey Show in August, the Horizon team will be based in its usual space – adjacent to the main show jumping ring – giving visitors the chance to try out a number of exciting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities, as well as the opportunity to meet the team.
 
Gwen Parry-Jones, Director of Nuclear Operations at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “The Anglesey Agricultural Society is host to one of the biggest and best community events on the island – the Anglesey Show – and we’re proud to continue sponsoring the organisation again this year.
 
“Having a presence at the show is a great way for us to speak to local people in a fun and relaxed environment, while supporting such an important island-based organisation. We’re committed to building and sustaining positive relationships with local communities and look forward to welcoming everyone into our marquee again in August.”
 
Sponsors Sub-Committee Chairman, Mr R Islwyn Humphreys, at the Anglesey Agricultural Society, said: “On behalf of the local community the Anglesey Agricultural Society wishes, once more, to gratefully acknowledge Horizon Nuclear Power's financial support for the maintenance of the Pavilion. These funds enable the Society to hire out the pavilion and facilities to local associations and clubs on significantly cheaper terms and attract a wider diversity of users.”
 
The annual Anglesey Agricultural Show will be held on 14 and 15 August at the Mona Showground. Visit www.angleseyshow.org.uk for more details.
 
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.
 

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting local people to meet the team at its next Open Surgery on Monday 14 May to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.


Running from 1pm to 7pm at Cemaes Village Hall, these drop-in events offer local people an opportunity to meet the team in an informal environment and find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. No appointments are required.
 
Delyth Owen, Horizon’s Community Involvement Officer, said: “Our Open Surgeries are a great way for people to learn more about the Project and our work within the local community. Besides the information on our website, meeting members of our site-based team in person gives people the chance to get to know us better and ask any questions they may have about our plans to build Wylfa Newydd.
 
“In addition to our ongoing site work, we’ve also been busy planning an exciting programme for this year’s Work Insight Week. This summer, we’ll give 28 successful students from years’ 11, 12 and 13, from schools across Anglesey and north Gwynedd, the chance to see what it’s like to work on a project like Wylfa Newydd. There’s still time to apply, as the applications close on Tuesday 8 May. You can find more details about this year’s work experience by visiting our website”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Saranne Postans – 07557 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.
 
 

The Anglesey branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) will be ensuring an important local landmark looks its best ahead of the summer tourism season, thanks to a donation from Horizon Nuclear Power.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme has helped more than 150 organisations across North Wales since it was launched in 2014. This latest contribution to the Anglesey WI has helped Horizon to reach an important milestone – investing more than £250,000 in good causes, projects and organisations near to the Wylfa Newydd site.
 
The group has received funding to complete renovation works at the Llanfairpwll WI Hall and Tollhouse. A much-loved local attraction, the building was also home to Britain’s first Women’s Institute in 1915.  
 
Renovation works to the Tollhouse, which has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the birthplace of the WI in Britain, will ensure the property is in pristine condition ahead of the influx in visitors over the summer months.  
 
The Llanfairpwll Women’s Institute still operates from the original hall and welcomes new members regularly.  Since being founded over 100 years ago the WI continues to move with the times, embracing the latest technologies, tackling local and national issues and taking an active role in local communities, all while preserving the heritage of the organisation.
 
Delyth Owen, Community Involvement Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “The Llanfairpwll Tollhouse and WI hall is of great importance to the community and holds special significance on a national level too.
 
“We were delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative and were particularly excited to see that it was this donation that helped us to reach the £250,000 milestone.” 
 
Audrey Jones, Treasurer of the Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institutes, said: “We’re truly overwhelmed by Horizon’s generosity and delighted to be able to progress with the renovations. These two buildings in Llanfairpwll are of great significance to local people and are an important part of the national heritage of the Women’s Institute. We have a huge responsibility to ensure that they’re kept in pristine condition and remain accessible for our members and visitors alike. We’re looking forward to getting started.”
 
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.
     
 
 

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting anyone interested in learning more about the Wylfa Newydd Project to drop into its next Open Surgery, which will be held on Monday 16 April at Cemaes Village Hall.


No appointments are needed for the drop-in sessions, which take place between 1pm and 7pm. The Horizon team will be available to give local people the chance to ask any questions they might have about the Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “Our Open Surgeries are a great way for us to continue having an active presence within the community and talk about the work we’re doing across North Wales, in addition to the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
“We’ve recently taken ownership of the former Wylfa Visitor Centre and are busy breathing new life back into the building. We’ve started work on repairing it, bringing the building’s services up to current standards and giving it a much-needed lick of paint. We’ve got some exciting ideas to bring the building back into the public eye in the near future, so keep an eye out for more information about our plans once we’ve completed the refurbishment.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 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.
 
 

Students from schools across Anglesey and North Gwynedd are being offered a window into the working world of Wylfa Newydd, as part of Horizon’s Work Insight Week 2018.


Applications will open to year 11 and sixth form students on 9 April for this year’s scheme, which will be held this July at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni. The popular Horizon initiative offers 28 students from across Anglesey and North Gwynedd the opportunity to take part in a range of activities run by Horizon staff, designed to get students thinking about working life.
 
As well as finding out how Horizon intends to build and operate its proposed nuclear power station, the students will visit the site to learn more about the Project and employment opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring to local young people.
 
Over the course of the week, the students will also develop some of the key skills they will need to use when they enter the working world. This will include chances to practice their interview technique, consider the importance of communication and practice their leadership and team working skills. At the end of the week, the students will all be asked to create and deliver a presentation for the Horizon team, explaining what they have learned about the Project during their week.
 
Horizon Nuclear Power’s Education Programme Coordinator, Claire Burgess, said: “We’re really excited to be running this popular programme again.
 
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to the work we’re doing and inspire them about the potential of working with us in the future, we’re already looking forward to welcoming them to the Energy Centre and the site in the summer.”
 
Jack Lander, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “I was fortunate enough to be involved in Horizon’s Work Insight Week last year and the experience gave us all a fantastic idea about what this Project could mean for us. We got a really good snapshot of the working world and, in my case, it was a stepping stone to getting a job with Horizon.”
 
Work Insight Weeks this year will be:
  • Year 11 - 9–13 July 2018
  • Year 12 and 13 - 23-27 July 2018
 
Anyone interested in taking part can apply via the Horizon Nuclear Power website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/education/post-16
 
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 – 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.
 
 

Commenting on Horizon’s publication of its Gender Pay Gap Report, CEO Duncan Hawthorne said:


“I’ve always believed the success of this project is driven by the talent, commitment and dedication of our people. Horizon should be an inspiring place to work, and we should support our peoples’ career ambitions if we’re to continue to attract and retain the talent we need to meet the company’s challenging long-term goals.

“Historically our sector has been male-dominated and we have a responsibility not just to redress the balance, but to attract and develop the best talent possible.  The two are one and the same.  This is a long game and requires a dedication to promoting careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industries.

“Embracing diversity and inclusion is essential to the health of our company and will help us develop our people to realise their full potential and generate new ideas. Having a workforce that is truly representative of all sections of society will be an enormous benefit to us as we build a world-class business that treats people fairly, as well as creating opportunities for future generations. 

“We welcome the Government’s focus in this area and support the requirement to publish gender pay gap data. In this report we have articulated the nature of some of the challenges we are facing, as well as the progress we are making. As a leadership team we are committed closing the gap.  I very much look forward to reporting our progress in the future.”

Horizon is committed to continuing to create an inclusive environment where we support women and their progression to leadership positions. We are doing this in a number of ways, including:
  • STEM Ambassador programme whereby our ambassadors, including our male and female graduates, are active throughout the year within the wider community participating in career events and fairs to encourage careers within the sector, as well as presenting directly in schools to students of a variety of ages
  • Education outreach programme - ‘Futures’. This programme is not simply aimed at encouraging girls and boys to take an interest in STEM careers but also upskilling the communities surrounding our sites
  • Involvement in the Women's Interactive Network. This Hitachi initiative promotes the exchange of ideas across the women in the workforce and provides e-learning opportunities, research, online connections, events, mentoring and on-going support
  • Involvement in Hitachi’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This has recently been developing a framework to share with senior management and employees, to highlight and engage them in the value and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Commitment to wider industry initiatives such as the Nuclear Institute’s Women in Nuclear programme
Ensuring that women at Horizon have equal opportunities and a clear career path to senior roles is an essential element of our forward action plan to address the existing gender pay gap.  In addition, to ensure a flow of female leaders, Horizon will develop and implement programmes that provide opportunities for growth and progression and, where necessary, intentionally focus on and encourage high-performing women to participate in such programmes.

To read Horizon’s Gender Pay Gap Report, click here.  
 

The Horizon Nuclear Power team will be talking about their forthcoming plans at the next Wylfa Newydd Open Surgery, which will be held on Monday 19 March at Cemaes Village Hall.

The Spring months look set to be a very busy season for the Wylfa Newydd Project, and Horizon’s monthly Open Surgeries continue to give local people the chance to find out more about the Project and speak to members of the project team.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “It’s a very busy and exciting time for us all as we prepare to submit our Development Consent Order (DCO), the planning application to build Wylfa Newydd, in the coming months. Our work at site continues to make good progress, with the completion of two new bat barns, as well as our ongoing archaeological digs.
 
“Our Open Surgeries continue to provide a regular opportunity for the community to meet the team and find out more about the Project and the progress we’re making.”  
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 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.
 
 

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan AM, visited Wylfa Newydd today (Thursday, 8 March) to hear about the the work Horizon Nuclear Power is doing to protect and enhance the Welsh language and promote career opportunities for local people.


Visiting the site on International Women’s Day and during National Apprenticeship Week, the Minister was given a tour of the proposed Wylfa Newydd Power Station site to learn more about the project and discuss how the Horizon team is inspiring more women and girls to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
 
The Minister met some of Horizon’s female employees, including Nia James, from Dogellau, Gwynedd, and Sophie Wright, from Valley, Anglesey, both second year apprentices.
 
The Minister also met with Bethan Jones Parry, the independent chair of Wylfa Newydd’s Welsh Language Impact Assessment Steering Group. The group looks at how Horizon will manage the effects of Wylfa Newydd on the Welsh language while also identifying ways in which the project can protect the language for Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy.  
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales at Horizon, said: “It was great to welcome the Minister to our site – particularly on International Women’s Day – and to show her some of the work we’re doing to encourage more women to take up the sort of careers our project is already creating. We have a lot of women on our team already, including several apprentices who are fantastic STEM ambassadors for younger people. We’re lucky to have such a talented and diverse team and we hope they continue to inspire others.
 
“It was also fantastic to talk to the Minister about how we’re promoting the Welsh language; something we’re passionate about nuturing.”
 
Eluned Morgan, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, said: ““I really enjoyed my visit to Wylfa. I was pleased to learn about Horizon’s plans to ensure it helps the Welsh language to continue to thrive and to ensure the local community benefits from the development of the power station. 
 
“I was also delighted to meet Nia and Sophie. They are both excellent examples of young women forging rewarding and interesting careers for themselves through studying STEM subjects and apprenticeships. This will enable them to embark on careers in a highly skilled and technical environment with lots to offer in terms of progression, variety of work and job security.”
 
More information about Horizon and its proposals for Wylfa Newydd is available at www.horizonnuclearpower.com, by calling 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
Phillippa Burgess – 01242 507702 or phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com (WELSH SPEAKER)
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Nia James, Technical Apprentice at Horizon, recently won Gold at the Skills Competition Wales Industrial Electronics competition and will now represent Wales in the UK Final.
     
  • Horizon will submit the final version of its Welsh Language Impact Assessment report in the coming months, as part of its Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the UK Planning Inspectorate.
     
  • 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 team building a new power station on Anglesey is throwing its support behind an island community’s World Record breaking attempt.

Horizon Nuclear Power is backing Amlwch residents in their bid to gather the most people together wearing high-visibility vests by donating a thousand bright vests in support.
 
Taking place at 1pm on Saturday 3 March at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, town residents must beat the current record, held by the City of Kitakyushu in Japan, which gathered an impressive 2,136 vest-wearers. But the organisers of the Amlwch event, Michaela Jones and her mum Paula, are hoping lots of local people come together to smash that figure and put Amlwch on the World Record map. 
 
After the record attempt, the high-visibility vests provided by Horizon will all be distributed to schools, community groups and charities in the town supporting safety initiatives locally. Money raised at the event will be donated to the school for repairs.
 
Daron Hodges, Wylfa Newydd Site Manager for Horizon, said: “When we heard what Michaela and her mum were planning we knew we had to help – not only is it a fantastic community challenge but the record itself really struck a chord with our team who wear high-visibility safety gear at Wylfa Newydd day in, day out.
 
“Safety is our number one priority and earlier this year we were proud to celebrate 1,000,000 working hours without incident or injury at our Wylfa Newydd site. Our team will be heading along to Amlwch in Horizon high-visibility to help boost the numbers and hopefully ensure it’s a record-breaking day.”
 
Michaela Jones, organiser of the event, said: “We were really pleased when Horizon offered to donate 1,000 vests, especially as they’ll all be passed on to local people afterwards. We’ve done so much preparation for this, so we just hope everybody comes along on the day to help us smash the record.”
 
More information about the record attempt can be found on the Guinness World Record - Most People Wearing High-Vis Vests 2018 Facebook Page. Budding local record-breakers are being asked to bring their own yellow or orange high-visibility vest or waistcoats to help supplement those being provided by Horizon.
 
More information about Horizon and its proposals for Wylfa Newydd is available at www.horizonnuclearpower.com, by calling 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
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 announced that its next Open Surgery event will take place on Monday 19 February at Cemaes Village Hall.

Now in their tenth year, the Open Surgery events are designed to give people interested in the Wylfa Newydd Project the opportunity to drop in, meet the team and ask questions.
 
Richard Foxhall, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “It may be early in the year, but we’re making a lot of progress at Wylfa Newydd. Not only are we getting ready for the submission of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate, we’re also coming to the end of our consultation on areas for wildlife mitigation, as well as land boundary updates.”  
 
“Our drop-in Open Surgeries are a great opportunity to come along and find out what the next few months will mean for Wylfa Newydd and the team involved with its development. If you have any questions or whether you’re just curious about our work, come along and meet the team.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
     

5th February 2018 - Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced the appointment of Gwen Parry-Jones OBE, one of the UK nuclear industry's most respected and experienced leaders, as its new Director, Nuclear Operations.


Gwen will have full responsibility for Horizon's lead development, Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, including site development and the growing team on the island. She will also play a key role in maintaining and boosting the crucial relationships with stakeholders locally, regionally and across Wales.

Gwen brings with her nearly 30 years of experience within the nuclear industry, including as Generation Development Director and Safety & Assurance Director at EDF Energy, as well as Station Director at Heysham 1 Nuclear Power Station, the first woman to hold this post. Her nuclear career started at the Wylfa Magnox station next door to Horizon’s Wylfa Newydd site.

Originally from Anglesey, Gwen studied and worked there for several years before her career took her away from the island. In her new role she will move full time back to Anglesey, working alongside the local team, including 21 apprentices from the island and North Wales. She will start with Horizon at the beginning of April.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive at Horizon said: "Gwen’s appointment further boosts the exceptional team here at Horizon and points to our continued growth as an organisation. The skills and experience she brings will prove invaluable as we continue to make strong progress on Wylfa Newydd and as we ready Horizon to become a new leading nuclear operator. I look forward to working with her to deliver this crucial project and the benefits it brings."

Gwen said: "For me this was an unmissable opportunity - the chance to join a growing and talented team, building a uniquely new kind of nuclear company, and delivering a transformative project on my home island. Wylfa Newydd will bring not only much needed clean, affordable, secure power for the UK, but also huge opportunities for three generations of people on and around Anglesey. To be a part of this will be truly exciting and I can't wait to get started."

Greg Evans, previously Operations Director at Horizon, has assumed a new role as Executive Director, Operations with additional leadership responsibilities across the programme and technical teams, as well as continuing to oversee the company's preparations for generation.

The appointment comes as Horizon continues to make strong progress on all aspects of its project, with its reactor technology, the ABWR, having cleared its Generic Design Assessment by the nuclear regulators at the end of last year, and preparations underway to submit its main planning permission in the first part of 2018.

For more information, please contact:
           
Ben Russell
Mobile: +44 (0) 7580 948 106
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 up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000.
 
About Gwen:
Originally from Anglesey, Gwen gained an Honours degree in Physics from Manchester University, before securing a Masters Degree from the University College of North Wales (now Prifysgol Bangor University) in Banking and Finance. She then started her career as a nuclear physicist at Wylfa Magnox station in 1989 before taking on the role of an operations engineer at the Site, one of the first women to do so in the UK nuclear civil sector.  
 
Gwen then spent several years working her way up the nuclear generation business, including spending time in the US and Canada, returning to the UK to work in various technical and commercial roles. She subsequently secured the role of Plant Manager at Sizewell B Pressurised Water Reactor in Suffolk and then went on to become the Station Director at Heysham 1 Advanced Gas Reactor in Lancashire. She was the first woman in the UK to hold either of these roles and remains the only woman in the UK to have held the licensed role of Station Director. 
 
Gwen then continued her career at Director level, holding the role of Safety and Assurance Director for EDF Energy, providing advice, regulation and oversight to coal, gas, renewable and nuclear generation assets. She then took the role of Generation Development Director for EDF Energy until December 2017. She also served as an Industry member on the Civil Nuclear Police Authority Board, advising the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.  
 
She gained a Fellowship of the Institute of Physics and was honoured for her work in Science and Technology with an OBE in 2015.
 

“How and where to deal with radioactive waste for the long-term needs to be the subject of serious and considered debate. We offered in our response to Dr Clowes to discuss this issue with him in person but regretfully he instead chose to give an incomplete account of our position through the press, free of any context. We are now making the full letter public so people can see all that we said for themselves.


Radioactive waste has been stored safely and securely at Wylfa for decades and this will continue to be the case with Wylfa Newydd. However this is only part of the answer and we fully support the policy of both the Welsh and UK Governments that geological disposal is the safest long-term option. There is a strong and clear international consensus around this point and independent studies in the UK have also confirmed this.
 
Equally we are clear that where to site a geological disposal facility must be based on the principle of volunteerism, with local communities themselves deciding if they wish to even consider involvement in the process. The Welsh and UK government consultations currently underway are based firmly on this approach and we fully support this being a choice for Anglesey and its elected representatives.”
 
Letter

Dear Carl,

Thank you for your letter dated 29 September 2017, and apologies for the delay in me being able to reply to you.

Due to work and family commitments I was unable to get to the exhibition in Newborough, although I visited Fukushima in March this year, so I’ve seen for myself the scale of the issues facing the community and heard first-hand accounts from local people there who I spoke to.

Although my diary can be challenging, I would be very happy to meet you. In the meantime, thank you for setting out your questions, which I have answered below.

1. Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd will be the Site Licensee responsible for the operation of the Wylfa Newydd plant once it is built. Irrespective of the final investors in Wylfa Newydd, Horizon Nuclear Power will remain the sole operator of the plant; it will not be operated by any foreign utility. 

Within Horizon we already have a wide breadth of operational staff who have many years of experience in the running of nuclear power plants. We’ve already started recruiting the wider operational workforce, including local experienced operators from Wylfa, and our technical apprentices who will be trained to maintain the plant. We have a number of years to train our staff to the high standards and expertise demanded by Horizon, and required by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and we will achieve this in formal partnerships with internationally accredited training partners and operational partners.

It’s my job to make sure our operational workforce is ready for the operational phase of Wylfa Newydd from the mid-2020s onwards for at least 60 years. Regarding experience of operating the reactor technology itself, operational experience is a transferable skill. It’s like a 747 pilot retraining to fly an Airbus A380 – he or she is qualified, but needs training and experience on the specific aircraft type. This process is currently underway and will be ongoing as we ramp up our recruitment, and subject to a rigorous examination phase and successful completion – with Regulatory approval required – the person is formally authorised as competent to operate the plant.

You could also take examples of former Magnox staff who relocated – and retrained – to operate the PWR at Sizewell B, the only reactor of that type currently in the UK as it happens.

2. I’ve spoken to our sole Horizon representative at the Llangefni event you refer to, Richard Foxhall, and nobody approached him with questions or comments there.

Under legislation introduced by the UK Government, we are not able to even begin construction of Wylfa Newydd until we have produced – and had independently verified and approved - what is known as a Funded Decommissioning Plan. This will include an agreed waste management and decommissioning plan covering technical plans, cost estimates and independent funding arrangements to cover costs (in effect a ‘pension plan’ for the plant) . We cannot agree this level of detail without, of course, knowing the volumes of waste that will be produced.

We have submitted our Radioactive Substances Regulation Environmental Permit application to Natural Resources Wales, who are currently consulting with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders, and the public. Our application is available on our website at: www.horizonnuclearpower.com 

This is one of a number of permits that we need in order to operate Wylfa Newydd. The application outlines the expected total activity and volume of individual radioactive waste streams and spent fuel, to be generated over a 60 year period. This is based on the radioactivity of the waste at the point of generation, and does not take into account radioactive decay over the operational life of the station.

3. Dr Jones would have made his comment to you from an informed position. I would absolutely have no hesitation in agreeing with him.

4. Hitachi has made it very clear from the outset when they acquired us in 2012 that the business strategy would be looking to bring other investors on board ahead of the construction phase of Wylfa Newydd. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when new shareholders in Horizon are announced. I don’t believe that the recently-announced off-shore energy contracts threaten the viability of our plans as, while we take nothing for granted and will continue to make the case for new nuclear, it continues to have cross-party-political support from the UK Government.

The UK needs a diverse mix of low-carbon electricity generation sources in order to meet its climate change commitments.  Nuclear’s ability to deliver high volumes of stable, low-carbon electricity makes it a vital part of the country’s current and future energy mix, playing its role to ensure a stable baseload supply. The ‘strike price’ has to take into consideration the development costs of any project, and these will vary from project to project.   However, we have always understood that it is a basic requirement of success for Wylfa Newydd that we achieve a fair and competitive price for the project.

We will continue to work together with all parties to drive costs down and deliver at a price that works for government, consumers and our investors. So no, I don’t think it threatens the viability of our Project.

5. The UK currently does not possess the capability to supply nuclear power stations to the industry, and needs new nuclear as part of the future mix of low-carbon generating capability.

I am entirely satisfied that Horizon will be utilising Japanese nuclear technology, specifically the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor as this technology has been built four times previously, each time to schedule and cost. We are confident the business risk can be managed adequately, while geologically the UK is in a region of low seismicity.

The mean height of the power station site is 15 metres above sea level, while the plant and its structures will be robustly designed to withstand a ‘once in 10,000-year event’, and incorporating ‘lessons learned’ from the Fukushima event in 2011 relating to, for example, the site layout design. Further confidence in our design can be gained from the Generic Design Assessment of the UK ABWR carried out by the technology provider, Hitachi-GE, while recommendations contained within the ‘Japanese earthquake and tsunami: Implications for the UK nuclear industry Final Report’ by the then HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, Dr Mike Weightman are also fully considered in the design of the plant (http://www.onr.org.uk/fukushima/final-report.pdf).

Regarding the Contract for difference, or ‘strike price’, each different low-carbon project of whatever technology will negotiate individually to reflect the cost of investment. Each project will have its own challenges and I’d expect to see a range of agreed prices across the wider low-carbon energy sector.

6. It isn’t Hitachi’s intention to sell Horizon after Wylfa Newydd has been established. As mentioned previously, it’s always been Hitachi’s intention to sell shares in Horizon, and whatever the share ownership position, Horizon will remain as the ‘enduring entity’ at Wylfa Newydd, under the full regulatory scrutiny of the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Natural Resources Wales.

7. Safety and security are and always will be our number one priority. The reactor control and information systems are not physically connected to the outside world, thereby negating the potential of a cyber-attack.

Aircraft impact is clearly a matter of foremost consideration in the design and regulation of nuclear plants. It has formed a significant aspect of the regulators’ Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK ABWR, which was successfully concluded last week.

The next step in this process will be a detailed process of site-specific licensing, which will include consideration of the specific local hazards around Wylfa Newydd.

I assume when you say ‘climate change’ you refer to rising sea levels. The site is already 15 metres above mean sea level, and key buildings on the site itself will be raised, and watertight. A recent international research study led by Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute - (A high-end sea level rise probabilistic projection including rapid Antarctic ice sheet mass loss, Environmental Research Letters [2017] https://phys.org/news/2017-04-sea-metres.html#jCp) - estimates that by the year 2100 oceans could rise by 3 metres, which is well below the base level of Wylfa Newydd. Full assessments of flood risk etc will be conducted as part of our consenting application process.

Processes and procedures for the management, processing and disposal of spent fuel and radioactive waste have been developed over the last 50 years or so, are very well understood, and subject to Regulatory approval and scrutiny - it’s been dealt with safely on the island for over 40 years already.

Very Low Level Waste will, as is current practice, be dispatched to licensed landfill sites, while Low Level Waste will be dispatched to the LLW Repository at Drigg.

Intermediate Level Waste and spent fuel will initially be stored safely and securely at the Wylfa Newydd site until such time as they can be dispatched to the proposed Geological Disposal Facility proposed by UK Government. We are currently obliged to make provision to store these on site for up to 140 years after the end of generation. Again, climate change does not present a credible risk in this regard.

I’ll ask my Executive Assistant to contact you shortly to arrange a meeting. You’d be very welcome to visit my office.

Regards,

Greg Evans,
Operations Director,
Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd

Horizon Nuclear Power has kick-started its search to recruit top talent by launching its 2018 apprenticeship scheme.

This is the third consecutive year of the Technical Apprenticeship Scheme, which is delivered in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and will see up to 12 new recruits join the existing 21 technical apprentices at Horizon.
 
The three-year scheme launches at an exciting time for the Project, as the team works towards submitting its Development Consent Order – the permission needed to build Wylfa Newydd – to the UK Government Planning Inspectorate. Successful applicants will join the Horizon team in September 2018 and will have the opportunity to develop their technical and practical knowledge on one of Europe’s most exciting energy projects.
 
Horizon’s current apprentices have enjoyed a packed programme of theory, practical and extra-curricular activities during their apprenticeships. Alongside their studies, they’ve travelled to Japan to work alongside Hitachi apprentices, visited the factories of some of the UK’s leading manufacturers, worked with local schools, and represented Horizon at community events, such as the Anglesey Show.
 
Greg Evans, Horizon’s Operations Director, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening applications for our third Technical Apprenticeship Scheme and hope to see lots of applications again this year from creative, ambitious and technically-minded people.
 
“As a business, Horizon is passionate about supporting talented people and helping them to kick start their careers in the energy sector or re-train people who have experience in other sectors. Our technical apprentices will benefit from the world-class facilities and expertise at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, which continues to receive our support. Good luck to everyone who applies this year.”
 
Dafydd Evans, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re especially proud to be working in partnership with Horizon Nuclear Power to make sure people have the training opportunities they need to progress in the area’s developing energy sector. This new group of apprentices will join us at an exciting time, as our new state-of-the-art Engineering Centre will be opening in early 2019."
 
Aeron Morgan, an apprentice at Horizon, said: “I’ve always wanted to be an engineer and was so happy when I was offered the apprenticeship. I’ve really enjoyed the scheme so far. It’s important to learn the theory behind subjects such as electronics, but I particularly like the practical work that runs alongside it, where we use our new knowledge on real projects.
 
“Wylfa Newydd is a fascinating and complex project to work on, and gives us apprentices the chance to work with some of the best engineers and receive high quality practical training. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths - STEM - subjects to apply.”
 
Applications can be completed online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme between 29 January and 26 February 2018.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Fran Tindall  – 07580 948147 or Fran.Tindall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:
  • 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 Open Surgery of 2018 will be held on Monday 22 January in Cemaes Village Hall.


Local people are invited to come along and meet the team between 1pm and 7pm to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. The session is open to everyone on a drop-in basis, so no appointments are needed.
 
From February the events will take place on the third Monday of each month in Cemaes Village Hall.  The latest information, documents, maps and images will be available to view at each session.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “2018 is already proving to be another busy year for us here at Horizon as we continue with our preparations to submit our Development Consent Order – the permission we need to build Wylfa Newydd – to the UK Government.  
 
“As part of these preparations we’ve refined the final details of our plans and are consulting on these updates until 16 February.  If anyone would like to know more about this or learn more about the Project, our team will be on hand to answer questions during our open surgery.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.

Horizon Nuclear Power will be consulting on the creation of new ecological areas and wetland habitats to help reduce the possible effects of constructing Wylfa Newydd, together with land boundary refinements, between 16 January and 16 February.


Horizon’s main application for Wylfa Newydd, known as a Development Consent Order (DCO), is entering its final stage of preparation. As part of this extensive work, Horizon has identified the need for some additional areas of land, which are needed for the following reasons:
  • To create or enhance wetland sites across Anglesey that, as well as compensating for any potential impact construction may have on the Tre’r Gof Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is within the site boundary, would also enhance and improve the wetland ecology elsewhere on the island. Horizon is currently looking at a number of sites between Cemaes and Amlwch and to the north of Llangefni
  • For two new ecological mitigation areas to reduce the effects of the site clearance plans on wildlife, and minor changes to our connection to the national grid sub-station within the Wylfa Newydd Development Area
  • The confirmed order limits (the boundary of all the land needed to carry out the works) for the new sections of A5025 between Horizon’s site and Valley, and minor refinements to the boundaries of the proposed Off-Site Power Station Facilities at Llanfaethlu and Logistics Centre at Parc Cybi.
Horizon is holding a consultation on these aspects between Tuesday 16 January and Friday 16 February 2018, giving people locally an opportunity to give their feedback before the main application for the power station is submitted in Spring 2018.
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales for Horizon, said: “As one of Europe’s largest construction projects, we’re very aware that building and operating a nuclear power station is a long-term project which comes with its own challenges and impacts. These refinements to our proposals include helping to manage any impact on the ecology at and near our site, and is part of our fundamental commitment to be environmentally responsible for the lifetime of our project.
 
“As part of this, we’ve been working closely with Isle of Anglesey County Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) on a proposal to create new areas of wetland on Anglesey, as well as improve an existing one. We believe that, together with two ecological areas next to site, these important measures will help protect and preserve Anglesey’s wildlife as we build and operate Wylfa Newydd.
 
“Listening to residents on these proposals makes sure we continue to put Anglesey and wider North Wales at the heart of what we do, so we can deliver positive benefits for generations to come. We look forward to meeting and hearing from people in the coming weeks.” 
 
Horizon is holding a number of events and drop-in sessions on Anglesey and in North Wales:
 
FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 1pm – 4pm, Amlwch Memorial Hall, Amlwch
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 10am – 1pm, Llangefni Town Hall, Llangefni
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 4pm – 7pm, Cemaes Village Hall, Cemaes Bay
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 10am – 1pm, Llanfachraeth Village Hall, Llanfachraeth
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 4pm – 7pm The Valley Anglesey, Valley
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 10am – 12pm Conwy Library, Castle Street
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2pm – 5:30pm Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor
FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2pm – 7pm Cemaes Village Hall, Cemaes Bay
 
More information on the proposals will be available when the consultation opens on Tuesday 16 January. Anyone unable to make it to an event, or who wants to find out more, can visit Horizon’s consultation website at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. More details are also available via Horizon’s established Freephone line on 0800 954 9516 and email enquiry address, wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com