HORIZON NEWS - 10.04.2019

Horizon apprentices set to continue engineering courses

Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed that all 33 of its technical apprentices will be able to continue their apprenticeship courses having secured training opportunities with other leading energy and engineering companies.
Since the suspension of the Wylfa Newydd Project in January 2019, Horizon has been working to secure the future of its 33 apprentices so they can complete their studies and finish their apprenticeship programmes.  
 
The majority will now continue their training with EDF Energy, now working towards an EDF Degree Apprenticeship or a Level 3 Engineering and Maintenance Apprenticeship.  At EDF they’ll gain valuable industry experience working on Hinkley Point C and remain in the nuclear sector.
 
Those not joining EDF but keen to stay in the energy sector will continue their training at Coleg Menai’s recently opened, world-class Canolfan STeM centre and carry out work experience at Doosan Babcock, which has maintenance contracts with EDF. One apprentice has also chosen to join FirstHydro and will work at Dinorwig hydroelectric plant.
 
For several apprentices, aerospace engineering was their chosen direction and they will now join Babcock International. This scheme will see them stay in North Wales, where they’ll have the chance to work with Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley.
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Stakeholder Engagement (Wales) at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “It was important to us that we found our fantastic apprentices’ opportunities to continue their studies in similar roles. While we’re suspending the Wylfa Newydd Project for now, making sure our apprentices can continue their career development was essential in delivering on our commitment to support local engineers of the future and we’re delighted all 33 have now found new schemes.
“We’re certain they’ll flourish as young engineers and their dedication and commitment has long impressed the Horizon team. We wish them all the very best for the future and continue to hope that one day they’ll form part of a future workforce here at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.”
 
In January 2019, following a decision by its parent company, Hitachi, Ltd., based on its commercial considerations as a private sector investor, Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme. Horizon subsequently moved to stop the vast majority of its development activities, including at Wylfa Newydd. Horizon continues to engage closely with the UK Government over a revised and funding model for new nuclear and has taken steps to keep the option to resume development in the future.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
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For more information contact:
 
Ben Russell – 07580 948106 or ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon was established in 2009 following the UK Government’s announcement that new nuclear energy would be a core element of the future electricity mix. The company was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in late 2012.
 
  • Horizon owns two of the eight sites designated in the UK for new build in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation and up until January 2019 it was actively developing its lead site, Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales. Horizon had planned to provide at least 5,700MW of new power station capacity to the UK – enough to power some 11 million homes – across the two sites, with Oldbury in South Gloucestershire following on from Wylfa Newydd. The sites would have each seen the deployment of two Hitachi-GE UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (UK ABWRs), each generating around 1,430MW.
 
  • Following the decision to suspend its activities, Horizon has moved to cease almost all its development activities and, unfortunately, undertake a large-scale redundancy programme, reducing the c.370 strong workforce to a very small number of staff. The focus of those Horizon staff remaining will be to keep the sites in a developable state, continue to liaise with our host communities and stakeholders, and engage closely with the UK Government on a revised or alternative funding model.
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 12.03.2019

Meet the Horizon team at the March Open Surgery

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting local people to meet the team at its next Open Surgery on Monday 18 March.
No appointments are needed for the drop-in session, which will take place between 1pm and 6.30pm at Cemaes Village Hall.  The Horizon team will be available to talk to local people and answer any questions they might have about the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, External Affairs Manager Wales at Horizon, said: “Our Open Surgeries are a great way for us to meet local people and talk to them about the Wylfa Newydd Project.  We know that some people may still have questions following the recent decision to suspend the project, so we encourage anyone to come along and meet the team if they’d like to learn more.”
 
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.
     
     
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HORIZON NEWS - 08.02.2019

Horizon Nuclear Power confirms date of next Open Surgery

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that its next Open Surgery event will take place on Monday 18 February at Cemaes Village Hall.
No appointments are needed for the drop-in session, which will take place between 1pm and 7pm.  The Horizon team will be available to talk to local people about the Project and answer any questions they might have.
 
Richard Foxhall, External Affairs Manager Wales at Horizon, said: “Even though the decision has been made to suspend the Wylfa Newydd Project, we will still hold our monthly Open Surgery in February.  We’re very aware that local people may still have questions about the recent decision and we’ll be there to help answer them.”
 
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.
     
     
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HORIZON NEWS - 17.01.2019

Horizon suspends UK nuclear new build activities

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced that it will suspend its UK nuclear development programme, following a decision taken by its parent company Hitachi, Ltd. Horizon is developing the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey in North Wales and has a second site at Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire.

The company has informed the UK Government of the decision taken at the Hitachi Board meeting on 17th January not to continue with the current programme of activities.

Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power said:

“We have made very strong progress on all aspects of the project’s development, including the UK design of our tried and tested reactor, supply chain development and especially the building of a very capable organisation of talented and committed people. 

“We have been in close discussions with the UK Government, in cooperation with the Government of Japan, on the financing and associated commercial arrangements for our project for some years now.  I am very sorry to say that despite the best efforts of everyone involved we’ve not been able to reach an agreement to the satisfaction of all concerned.

“As a result we will be suspending the development of the Wylfa Newydd project, as well as work related to Oldbury, until a solution can be found. In the meantime we will take steps to reduce our presence but keep the option to resume development in future.”
 
Addressing the effects that this decision will have, Mr Hawthorne said:

“Clearly this will have a significant impact for all involved with our project. We will look to minimise this as much as possible as we move into this next phase and we will begin consultation on the implications immediately with our staff who have shown extraordinary talent, resilience and determination to take this complex and exciting project to this stage.

“We will also engage closely with the many international and UK-based stakeholders who have strongly supported the project’s development, especially our lead host community of Anglesey in Wales, represented by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Welsh Government, and the key representatives around Oldbury.”
Mr Hawthorne said nuclear remained critical to delivering the secure, low carbon and affordable energy the UK needs. 

“As shown by our completion of the Generic Design Assessment for the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor, I am confident that the technology can play an important role in helping tackle our energy needs and meeting our climate change targets.  Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey remains the best site for nuclear development in the UK and we remain committed to keeping channels of communication open with the Government and our other key stakeholders regarding future options at both our sites.”
 
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For more information contact:
 
Horizon:
Ben Russell - 01242 507712 / 07580 948 106 / ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Phillippa Burgess - 01242 507702 / 07393802219 / phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Richard Foxhall (Wales & local / Welsh Language media) - 07807 769265 / richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
Hitachi:
Yoshimasa Doi – +44 (0)1628 585384 / Yoshimasa.doi@hitachi-eu.com
Kelly Smith – +44 (0)1628 585379 or Kelly.smith@hitachi-eu.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. 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.
 
Media resources: https://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/media-resources
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 11.01.2019

Learn more about Wylfa Newydd at first Open Surgery of 2019

Horizon Nuclear Power will hold its first Open Surgery of 2019 on Monday 21 January in Cemaes Village Hall.
 
From 1pm to 7pm, members of the public are invited to come along to meet the Horizon team and find out more about the Wylfa Newydd Project.  The session is open to everyone on a drop-in basis, so no appointments are needed.
 
Held on the third Monday of each month, the Open Surgeries provide people with the chance to view the latest information on the project and ask members of the team any questions they might have.
 
Richard Foxhall, External Affairs Manager Wales, said: “As we await the decision on our Development Consent Order planning application and look forward to the start of other major works, 2019 promises to be a landmark year for Wylfa Newydd.
 
“These drop-in sessions give local people the opportunity to speak to a member of the team each month and talk about any part of the project.  If you’re not able to pop into our Open Surgery, our team also visits villages across Anglesey in our community vehicle each week, so keep an eye out on Twitter to find out where the bus will be.”
 
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.
     
     
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HORIZON NEWS - 18.12.2018

Seasons eatings…Christmas lunch brings festive cheer to Holyhead residents

Christmas cheer came early to Holyhead yesterday, as elderly residents and nursery children sat down to enjoy a festive lunch, thanks to a donation from Horizon Nuclear Power.

The Lunch Club Fundraising Group has been providing a free Christmas lunch for local pensioners for the last 14 years at the Gwelfor Community Centre, but due to the increase of other community projects, the team of volunteers were expecting more guests this year from the Gwelfor Lunch Club and Morolo Mens Sheds group.
 
The volunteers applied to Horizon’s Community Investment Scheme for funding support to enable the Christmas lunch to take place this year.  The application was successful and more than 80 elderly people tucked into a turkey dinner and sang along to carols.
 
This year the group were joined by children from the Meithrinfa Morlo Nursery, who have been visiting local care homes to carry out intergenerational work with residents.  They also enjoyed the Christmas lunch, which was served by local volunteers, including Councillor Robert Llewelyn Jones – Champion for Older People at Isle of Anglesey County Council – and staff from Horizon.
 
Veronica Huband, Secretary of the Lunch Club Fundraising Group, said: “Many of the older people who attend our group face multiple disadvantages, such as illness or disability, the loss of a loved one, loneliness and social isolation.  The lunch club has been a great way to bring the community together over a cooked meal in a welcoming environment and celebrate Christmas with friends.
 
“We’d like to thank the Horizon team for their kind donation and helping us out on the day.  We wouldn’t have been able to host the Christmas lunch without the funding support, so we’re incredibly grateful.”
 
Gwen Parry-Jones, Executive Director, Operational Development at Horizon Nuclear Power said: “Christmas is a time for giving and so we were delighted to be able to bring some festive cheer to the Gwelfor Lunch Club.  The volunteers work tirelessly to bring the community together and provide much needed support to some of the most vulnerable in society, so we were very pleased to help them celebrate Christmas.”
 
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.  To keep up to date, follow @horizonnuclear on Twitter and Instagram.
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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. 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.
     
  • 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.
     
 
 
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