News Archive 2018

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~ Bechtel appointed Project Management Contractor
~ Further contracts agreed with Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and JGC


Horizon Nuclear Power today (22 August 2018) announced it had appointed world-leading construction firm Bechtel as Project Management Contractor (PMC) for its proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on the Isle of Anglesey.

Horizon has also signed further contracts with Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe and JGC New Energy UK Limited (JGC) to continue to provide support during the project’s development stage.
 
The move further strengthens the delivery structure and builds on previous intensive work, enabling the project to move into the next phase. Bechtel, who will have nearly 200 employees embedded within Horizon, will oversee the project management of the power station, together with Horizon.  
 
As PMC, Bechtel will draw on its 120 years of experience and know-how of delivering mega-projects. Bechtel has operated in UK construction for over 60 years, designing and building power plants, refineries, rail systems, and communication networks. 
 
It has been involved in more than 150 nuclear plants, acting as architect engineer for 71 plants and constructing 42. The company will sit at the heart of the Wylfa Newydd project organisation, leading the contractual and commercial interface with suppliers on behalf of Horizon.
 
Assuming a successful project outcome, Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe will deliver the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors for the power station, also drawing on their technology expertise to act as Architect Engineer.  JGC will continue to provide a range of specialist services around the ‘Balance of Plant’, the supporting components and systems needed to deliver the energy beyond the generating unit itself.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “These world-leading companies bring a wealth of nuclear, engineering and construction expertise to complement our growing organisation and will help us replicate the cost and schedule successes of the previous four ABWR reactors. The UK still needs reliable nuclear power to help transform our energy mix, and we are gearing up to deliver that. Our first power station will be cheaper than what has gone before and after that, with smart financing, supply chain learnings and no need for first time overheads, future project costs will fall further still.”
 
Barbara Rusinko, President, Nuclear, Security and Environmental at Bechtel, said “We’ve been part of the Horizon family for several years, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside the company as it has evolved through its development phase.  We look forward to continuing to bring our expertise to the construction of the UK’s next new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd in our new role as Project Management Contractor.”
 
The embedding of Bechtel within Horizon will mirror the kind of client/contractor relationship that has been successful in delivering the previous four ABWR nuclear reactors on time and on budget.
 
In June, the UK Government confirmed it was considering direct investment in the Wylfa Newydd project as a means to deliver affordable secure supplies of low carbon power to Britain. In July, the Planning Inspectorate, which considers major infrastructure project applications, accepted a 41,000-page submission for a Development Consent Order for Wylfa Newydd. The examination phase is expected to commence in the autumn.
 
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Ben Russell
07580 948 106
ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com


Phillippa Burgess
01242 507 702
phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 
Notes to editors:
 
Project Delivery Structure






Issue of these contracts follows two years of excellent progress made by Hitachi, Bechtel and JGC, supporting the project development through their work in the Menter Newydd joint venture. The contracting structure has now evolved in line with the next phase of the project as it moves into the pre-construction stage.   
 
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
 
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,800MW 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 Bechtel
 
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with their customers, they deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, they’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. They operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals.
 
 
About Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe
 
Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe is a UK-registered 100% subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., operating under the Nuclear Systems Division of Hitachi’s Nuclear Energy Business Unit. The company was formed in 2015 and began operations on 1st April 2016, providing effective localised management and delivery of selected UK and European nuclear business.
 
 
About JGC New Energy UK Limited
 
JGC UK was established in March 2014 as part of JGC’s global expansion. As a JGC Corporation wholly owned subsidiary, JGC's office in the United Kingdom are backed by a strong legacy of more than 85 years’ experience of completing projects in a variety of industries, including LNG, refining, gas processing, petrochemicals and other hydrocarbons.
 
 

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

The session will take place on Monday 20 August between 1pm and 7pm in Cemaes Village Hall. Horizon’s Open Surgeries are held on the third Monday of every month and no appointment is needed.
 
Richard Foxhall, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “Once again we were kept very busy at our tenth Anglesey Show, and the week before saw us in Cardiff at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. We always enjoy attending these large events and it's great to meet people who want to learn more about the project – and take part in the fun family activities we had on offer. If you took part this year, thanks for coming along and we hope you had as much fun as we did."
 
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.
 
 

Horizon has welcomed two more groups of Year 11 and Sixth Form students from schools across Anglesey and Gwynedd to experience working life at Wylfa Newydd as part of its annual Work Insight Week.


Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni played host to this year’s sessions, where two groups of students were able to gain experience and valuable insight into working life over a week of activities, projects and presentations.
 
The students were given the opportunity to test some of the key skills they may need in their future careers; from honing their interview techniques to speed-networking sessions. They also learnt about the importance of communication, leadership and team working.
 
Throughout the week the students were given regular access to members of the Horizon team, taking part in a range of activities designed to help them better understand the realities of working life at Wylfa Newydd. This even included an explanation of how Horizon intends to build and operate its proposed nuclear power station in the coming years. The students also had the chance to visit the site, seeing the scale of the project for themselves and finding out about the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring.
 
At the end of each week students created and delivered presentations on the project to the Horizon team, examining a diverse range of topics from ‘why is nuclear clean?’ to ‘the importance of a mixed workforce’.
 
Horizon’s Executive Director of Operational Development, Gwen Parry-Jones, judged the entries and presented each student with a certificate at the end of the week.  She said: “It was great to introduce such a talented and hard-working group of young people to the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
“Work Insight Week is all about gaining essential skills for working life and I was very impressed with their willingness to get involved and take the opportunity to learn as much as they could. We’ve already shown that the students who attend these sessions can go on to become Horizon apprentices when they leave school, so hopefully we’ll see some of them again.”
 
Jack Lander, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “I took part in Work Insight Week in 2016 and it really brings Wylfa Newydd to life in an exciting way.
 
“It was great being on the other side of the table this year, sharing my experience with this year’s group of students and telling them what it’s been like to be part of this business as an apprentice.
 
“It’s such invaluable work experience and I would definitely encourage other students to get involved because, as I’ve shown, it can be the first step towards getting a job with Horizon.”
 
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.

 

School children from across Anglesey are learning new boating and sailing skills this summer, thanks to community investment funding from Horizon Nuclear Power.


Horizon has awarded funding support to All Afloat, a charity established by staff from Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales that aims to transform the lives of young people through the core skills learned from boating and sailing.
 
While Anglesey has a coastline measuring around 130 miles, many young people are not given the opportunity to take up sailing as a hobby and learn key skills such as boat safety, steering and how to sail. Sailing can also promote confidence, team work and self-reliance, and lead to a variety of careers.
 
To ensure as many children as possible can take part in the activities, the charity recently applied to Horizon’s Community Investment Scheme for further funding towards the programme to secure future events. Over the summer a number of sailing activities will take place in Holyhead, culminating at the Royal Yachting Association’s OnBoard Festival at Bala Lake in Gwynedd in September.
 
The activities take place as Wales celebrates the ‘Year of the Sea’, a campaign launched by Visit Wales to highlight the beauty and importance of the 870-mile Welsh coastline, making 2018 the perfect time to get out on the water and learn more about sailing.
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales at Horizon, said: “We’re very excited to be involved in this programme. The sea plays such an important part in the lives of people on Anglesey and it’s great to be involved in a sport that gives young people the chance to develop new skills in a safe and supportive environment, which they could use throughout their lives.”  
 
Philip Braden, Trustee of All Afloat, said: “We’re especially grateful to Horizon for its support. Without investment from local businesses and organisations we wouldn’t be able to offer these activities, and ultimately future generations would miss out on vital life skills. We’re already anticipating a busy summer of activities, which will see more than 150 local children take to the water across North Wales.”
 
Horizon’s Community Investment Scheme continues to support organisations and projects across Anglesey and North Wales, and has invested more than £270,000 since 2014.
 
For more information about the Community Investment 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:
 
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.
     


  
 

Nuclear power has a crucial role to play, alongside renewables, in tackling the large scale energy challenges the UK faces and can and will do so in a cost effective manner.

Experience from multiple countries has shown nuclear power is a proven pathway to delivering decarbonisation at a national level. This is borne out in the UK, where nuclear currently provides 45% of the UK’s low carbon power and, together with renewables, ensures that around 50% of the country’s electricity is clean and sustainable.

However, this leaves the other half of our supply to address in order to meet our climate change commitments. This, combined with the continued retirement of existing power plants, expected increases in peak demand, and the electrification of heat and transport, shows the huge scale of the challenges in ensuring a low carbon future. To suggest that now is the time to take low carbon options off the table or limit their deployment runs the risk of hurting our chances of meeting these challenges.

The independent study commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission to underpin its assessment shows both the task ahead of us in the power sector – zero carbon by 2050 in order for carbon targets to be hit – and that both nuclear and renewables “…can achieve the same level of decarbonisation for comparable costs”.  Renewables have shown the positive effects a sustained programme of new build can have on price and, with repeated deployment, economies of scale, supply chain learnings, established design, and more innovative financing, nuclear can do the same. This commitment to cost reduction is made in the Government’s recently published Nuclear Sector Deal, which places the nuclear industry at the heart of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Nuclear power is vital for the future of the UK’s low carbon energy mix. With continued strong backing from the UK Government – as well as the Welsh Government and the communities where we will build - we look forward to playing our part in delivering clean, stable power for generations to come.

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Assessment Report can be read here: https://www.nic.org.uk/publications/national-infrastructure-assessment-2018/

 

Come and meet the Horizon Nuclear Power team at the next Open Surgery on Monday 16 July to hear more about the latest updates on the Wylfa Newydd Project.


Local people are invited to come along to the monthly drop-in event, which is held from 1pm to 7pm at Cemaes Village Hall. The session is open to everyone and gives visitors the opportunity to ask the Horizon team questions about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Communication and Stakeholder Relations Manager said: “June marked a significant milestone for the Project with the confirmation that our planning application to build Wylfa Newydd, called a Development Consent Order (DCO) application, had been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate. This will set in motion the next phase of activity, and the Inspectorate will publish details of the full process shortly.
 
“Ahead of that, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will carry out a 10-week public consultation on four key environmental applications we’ve submitted to them. These are applications for a Marine Licence, an Operational Combustion permit, and Operational Water Discharge permit and a Construction Water Discharge permit. NRW’s consultation events will be held on 16 July (Bangor), 17 July (Cemaes) and 18 July (Llangefni).
 
“There’s a lot happening on the project right now, so we encourage anyone who has any questions or who would like any further information to come along and meet the team.”
 
More details on the NRW public consultation can be found at: https://naturalresources.wales/about-us/what-we-do/how-we-regulate-you/wylfa-newydd/.
 
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.
 
 

The Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Planning Committee has approved a planning application from Horizon Nuclear Power for improvement works to the A5025.


Welcoming the decision, Gwen Parry-Jones, Executive Director, Operational Development for Horizon said: “We’re very pleased to have received planning permission for improving the existing A5025 between Valley and the Wylfa Newydd site. This will see much-needed improvements to the 10-mile route including localised widening to create a consistent carriageway cross section, widening on bends and carriageway reconstruction.
 
We will now work with the Isle of Anglesey County Council and other stakeholders to finalise the processes and schedule of works and will announce  further updates in due course.”
 
 
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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 plans to build its lead project, Wylfa Newydd, have been formally accepted for consideration by the Planning Inspectorate. In addition, four other key environmental permits have been cleared to begin their assessment by Natural Resources Wales.


Horizon’s Development Consent Order (DCO) submission, which comprises some 41,000 pages, was submitted at the beginning of June, and has now completed its statutory 28-day period of review by the Planning Inspectorate to ensure it met the standards required.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “This is a significant milestone for Horizon and an important step on the path to having all the permissions we need to build Wylfa Newydd.”
 
“The power station will not only deliver huge benefits for Anglesey, where it will provide top-quality employment for local people and significant opportunities for local businesses, but it will also play a key role in the UK’s energy future, delivering much-needed low carbon, safe and secure power for decades to come.”
 
The DCO process now formally starts with the Pre-Examination phase. This is where members of the public are invited by the Planning Inspectorate to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. An Examining Authority is also appointed at the Pre-Examination stage, and all Interested Parties will be invited to attend a Preliminary Meeting, run and chaired by the Examining Authority.
 
Horizon’s application for a Marine Licence, Operations Combustion permit, Operations Water Discharge permit and Construction Water Discharge permit were “duly made” by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and have now progressed to the next stage of their respective determination processes, with NRW having launched a public consultation process.
 
The approvals come after the Ministerial Statement made to the House of Commons by Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy confirming that Wylfa Newydd is the next project in the UK’s nuclear new build programme and announcing the commencement of formal negotiations between Horizon and the UK Government on financing support for the project.
 
It also follows the positive ‘Opinion’ from the European Commission for the Wylfa Newydd project under Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty which stated that the station will not have significant health or environmental impacts on other Member States.
 
For more information, please contact:
          
Ben Russell
07580 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. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000.
 
About the Development Consent Order Process
 
The Planning Act 2008 DCO process was introduced to streamline the decision-making process for major infrastructure projects, making it fairer and faster for communities and applicants alike.
 
Following Horizon’s three rounds of Pre-Application Consultation and the Planning Inspectorate’s Acceptance of the DCO submission, the four remaining stages in the process are:
  
Pre-examination
At this stage, the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. A Relevant Representation is a summary of a person’s views on an application, made in writing. An Examining Authority is also appointed at the Pre-examination stage, and all Interested Parties will be invited to attend a Preliminary Meeting, run and chaired by the Examining Authority. Although there is no statutory timescale for this stage of the process, it usually takes approximately three months from the Applicant’s formal notification and publicity of an accepted application.
 
Examination
The Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination. During this stage Interested Parties who have registered by making a Relevant Representation are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters including the representations of all Interested Parties, any supporting evidence submitted and answers provided to the Examining Authority’s questions set out in writing or posed at hearings.
 
 
 

Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: "We’re delighted to welcome this Nuclear Sector Deal. It’s a clear demonstration of how government and industry will work together to ensure nuclear continues to play a crucial role in providing clean, secure power for the UK, as well as delivering jobs, skills and investment across the country.


“The Deal clearly sets out the opportunities and the challenges for the industry, for example, building the skills base needed to maintain the UK’s position as one of the world’s leading nuclear countries and the commitment to increase gender diversity. We look forward to playing our part.
 
“We’re particularly pleased to see the Deal launched in Wales, which has a long and successful association with the nuclear industry. Our Wylfa Newydd project is part of that relationship, and it will bring benefits for generations to come on Anglesey, across the north Wales region and Wales as a whole."
 

Horizon Nuclear Power has been granted a key European environmental approval for its lead new build development, Wylfa Newydd.

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

“Ensuring the safe operations of our power stations will always be our first and overriding priority and to get this approval - following a very thorough and detailed assessment by the Commission - is another confirmation that we are putting robust plans in place to do just this. We will now continue to work with the environmental regulator in Wales to take this clearance forward for the domestic permits Wylfa Newydd also requires.”
 
As well as being an important approval in its own right, the Article 37 positive Opinion is also a crucial enabler for one of the key domestic environmental permits Horizon requires for Wylfa Newydd.
 
Under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016, the environmental regulator in Wales, Natural Resources Wales, requires a positive Opinion under Article 37 before it can complete its determination of Horizon’s Environmental Permit to cover its radioactive substances activities. Horizon submitted its application for this Environmental Permit in October 2017, at the same time as the Article 37 submission was made to the Commission.    
 
The approval follows the recent submission of Horizon’s main planning permission, the Development Consent Order, comprising some 41,000 pages on all aspects of the project.
 
It also comes after the Ministerial Statement made to the House of Commons by Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy confirming that Wylfa Newydd is the next project in the UK’s nuclear new build programme and announcing the commencement of formal negotiations between Horizon and the UK Government on financing support for the project.
 
For more information, please contact the Horizon press office:
 
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
 
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000.
 
About Article 37
 
Article 37 of the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (the ‘Euratom Treaty’) states that:
 
“Each Member State shall provide the Commission with such general data relating to any plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever forms will make it possible to determine whether the implementation of such plan is liable to result in the radioactive contamination of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.”
 
The Commission appointed a group of scientific and public health experts to consider the submission before reaching their conclusions. The key passage from the European Commission’s positive Opinion is below and the full text can be read here.
 
“In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form, arising from the two UK-ABWR reactors of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, located in Wales, United Kingdom, both in normal operation and in the event of accidents of the type and associated magnitudes of unplanned releases of radioactive effluents as considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in a radioactive contamination, significant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State, in respect of the provisions laid down in the Basic Safety Standards Directive.”
 

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting local people to meet the team at its next Open Surgery on Monday 18 June to learn more about the Wylfa Newydd Project, including the recently submitted Development Consent Order (DCO) application.

Running from 1pm to 7pm at Cemaes Village Hall, these drop-in events offer local people an opportunity to find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project. No appointments are required.
 
Delyth Owen, Horizon’s Community Involvement Officer, said: “The Open Surgeries are a great way for us to talk to people about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring to Anglesey and North Wales.
 
“One major milestone for us this month is the submission of our DCO application for Wylfa Newydd to the Planning Inspectorate. If granted, the DCO gives us the permission needed to start building the power station. It’s a huge step for the Project, and one we couldn’t have reached without the ongoing support and engagement from communities across North Wales. We encourage anyone wanting to learn more about the latest steps for the Project to come along to the June Open Surgery – we look forward to seeing people there.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or Richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 
 

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


Formal negotiations with the UK Government will now commence, with a joint focus on ensuring Wylfa Newydd represents good value for consumers.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for Anglesey, the nuclear industry, and Horizon, as well as a clear signal of the Government’s commitment to delivering a low carbon future for the UK.”
 
“Building on last year’s regulatory acceptance of our tried and tested reactor technology, it shows real momentum behind the project which will bring huge benefits everywhere from Anglesey to Wales and the UK and Japan. Our focus now is to ensure we continue to deliver on our key project milestones as we move towards construction.” 
 
For more information, please contact the Horizon press office:
 
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
 
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000.
 

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


Horizon’s Development Consent Order (DCO) submission comprises some 41,000 pages, 440 documents and over 400 drawings all specifying the nuclear power station and associated work the company wants to develop at the Wylfa Newydd site as well as how it plans to go about it from a technical, logistical and social point of view.
 
In addition to the DCO, Horizon has also submitted key applications for a Marine Licence, Operations Combustion permit, Operations Water Discharge permit and Construction Water Discharge permit from Natural Resources Wales.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon, said: “This is an important day for Horizon. The applications are the product of an enormous amount of work and I’d like to thank the team for all the effort put into the submissions. I’d also like to thank our stakeholders and members of the public for their input.
 
“As we progress with the next phase of our permit applications, the hard work will continue, and I’m confident we have a great team in place to drive forward our progress.”
 
In order to obtain all the consents necessary to build the project, Horizon has sought to demonstrate that it has developed a robust design and assessed its environmental impacts across the power station facilities and associated developments and, where possible, eliminated, reduced or mitigated these impacts.
 
The Planning Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether the DCO application meets the robust standards that will enable it to be accepted for examination, including consideration of Horizon’s pre-application consultations which date back to 2014.
 
If the DCO is accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate, members of the public and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on Horizon’s plans as part of the process. The DCO process takes approximately 17-18 months from submission to determination.
 
For more information, please contact:
          
01242 507700
mediaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
The Development Consent Order can be viewed here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000.
 
About the Development Consent Order Process
 
The Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) process was introduced to streamline the decision-making process for major infrastructure projects, making it fairer and faster for communities and applicants alike.
 
The six stages in the process are:
 
Pre-application
Before submitting an application, potential applicants have a statutory duty to carry out consultation on their proposals. The length of time taken to prepare and consult on a project will vary depending upon its scale and complexity. Responding to an applicant’s Pre-application consultation is the best time to influence a project, whether you agree with it, disagree with it, or believe it could be improved.
 
The Planning Inspectorate cannot consider representations about the merits of a proposed application at the Pre-application stage of the process. For advice about how to engage with the process at the Pre-application stage read our Community Consultation FAQ.
 
Acceptance
The Acceptance stage begins when an applicant submits an application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate. There follows a period of up to 28 days (excluding the date of receipt of the application) for the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to decide whether or not the application meets the standards required to be  accepted for examination.
 
Pre-examination
At this stage, the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. A Relevant Representation is a summary of a person’s views on an application, made in writing. An Examining Authority is also appointed at the Pre-examination stage, and all Interested Parties will be invited to attend a Preliminary Meeting, run and chaired by the Examining Authority. Although there is no statutory timescale for this stage of the process, it usually takes approximately three months from the Applicant’s formal notification and publicity of an accepted application.
 
Examination
The Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination. During this stage Interested Parties who have registered by making a Relevant Representation are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters including the representations of all Interested Parties, any supporting evidence submitted and answers provided to the Examining Authority’s questions set out in writing or posed at hearings.
 
Recommendation and Decision
The Planning Inspectorate must prepare a report on the application to the relevant Secretary of State, including a recommendation, within three months of the close of the six month Examination stage. The relevant Secretary of State then has a further three months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.
 
Post decision
Once a decision has been issued by the relevant Secretary of State, there is a six week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court. This process of legal challenge is known as Judicial Review.
 
More information can be found here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/
 
About the Marine Licence and environmental permits
 
Unlike the DCO, the Marine Licence and environmental permits are granted by Natural Resources Wales.
 
The environmental permits required by Horizon are:
 

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


The 11 apprentices – all from the Isle of Anglesey or North Wales – will visit key Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) nuclear teams to learn from the company’s long history in the civil nuclear business. They will also receive an introduction to the training, skills and practices of their Hitachi-GE counterparts in Japan.
 
The apprentices, employed by Horizon since September 2017, are nearing completion of their first year of the three-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with a basic skills and knowledge introduction to the Nuclear Industry.
 
Whilst in Japan, they will visit Shimane ABWR nuclear power station, Kaigan and Rinkai – two of the five factories in Hitachi Works – with a tour of the nuclear equipment manufacturing department. Also scheduled is a meeting with students at the Hitachi Senior Technical High School which includes a tour of the welding, mechanical and electrical class and a lesson in kendo (Japanese fencing).
 
Gwen Parry-Jones, Director, Nuclear Operations for Horizon, said: “We’re proud to be able to offer such a valuable trip to our apprentices who are all from Anglesey or North Wales. We firmly believe the hands-on experience they will have at Hitachi Works will help them develop into the first-rate engineers they are set to become.
 
“Our apprenticeship scheme is at the core of our values. We aim to offer young people a route into engineering that will educate and inspire them.”
 
Tadashi Kume, President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE said: “We are pleased once again to host Horizon’s apprentices and hope they have a memorable experience whilst in Japan. Their visit will help contextualise the environment they will one day work in and offer them an opportunity to meet their Hitachi peers, all the while experiencing different surroundings and culture.”
 
2018 is the third consecutive year of Horizon’s apprenticeship scheme that sees an annual intake of up to 12 male and female apprentices. It is run in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and is made up of a packed learning programme of theory, practical and extra-curricular activities designed to give them the maximum development opportunity over the three years. The trip demonstrates the opportunities Wylfa Newydd is already affording local students from Anglesey and North Wales.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Phillippa Burgess
+44 (0)1242 507702
phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Lowri Joyce
+44 (0)7464 980 601
lowri.joyce@hitachi-hne.com
 
Notes to editors
 
About Horizon Nuclear Power
Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ up to 850 people each once operational with construction workforces of up to 9,000. For more information about Horizon Nuclear Power, please visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com
 
 

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


More than 60 good causes from across North Wales have benefitted from Horizon’s Community Investment Scheme over the last financial year, including Anglesey Rural Foodbank, Holyhead Rangers FC and Cylch Meithrin Rhyd Y Llan.  The scheme has also part-funded a pop-up cinema in Amlwch for the Caru Amlwch Community Group, funded a new marquee for the Cemaes Village Carnival Committee and new IT equipment for Ysgol Brynrefail.
 
Marian Roberts, Head of Business, Computing and Health & Social Care at Ysgol Brynrefail, said: “The school is committed to introducing computer science experiences to Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, which includes learning valuable career skills such as programming and coding.
 
“To achieve this, we needed to develop our IT resources to provide further STEM* opportunities and further engage both girls and boys in computer science. The support from Horizon has been fantastic and allowed us to provide vital STEM and computer skills to support the futures of our students.”
 
Richard Foxhall, Communication and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “We’re really proud of the investments we’ve been able to make in local organisations and charities in the last financial year, and are thrilled to see the positive impact of our support.
 
“We’ve invested 80 percent of our overall Community Investment Scheme in the last financial year to good causes across North Wales, demonstrating our commitment to the local area. The Wylfa Newydd Project will be part of the North Wales community for more than 100 years, so we want to make sure that we support local initiatives that benefit people in the area and make a difference.”
 
Horizon Nuclear Power has donated more than £265,000 across North Wales since the Community Investment Scheme’s launch in summer 2014, giving much needed funding support to community groups, charities and local projects.
 
For more information about the scheme and how to apply visit: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling our Freephone number - 0800 954 9516 - or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
*STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Claire Loveday – 07717 300379 or claire.loveday@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
 
 

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