Wylfa Newydd - FAQs

Wylfa Newydd is the name of our project to develop a new nuclear power station next to the former Magnox Wylfa Power Station on Anglesey. The name Wylfa Newydd translates as New Wylfa.
At the beginning of this year we completed our final phase of statutory community consultation. We asked for peoples’ views on our proposals for the land we’ll need for the Wylfa Newydd Project, and on plans to create new wetland habits in Anglesey. We would like to thank everyone who visited our events and sent us their feedback during this consultation.

We are now preparing our application for permission to build Wylfa Newydd, called a Development Consent Order, and will be submitting this to the Planning Inspectorate in the coming months.

We have applied to Natural Resources Wales for a number of environmental permits and licenses which we’ll need to carry out certain activities on our site. Visit our documents page to find out more about these applications and others, and to view the documents we submitted.

In 2017 the UK ABWR completed an extensive Generic Design Assessment. This rigorous, UK-specific process scrutinises reactor technology and ensures that the safety case for the technology is robust. This comprehensive technology assessment carried out by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency determined that the UK ABWR technology was appropriate to move to the site-specific licensing stage.

In December 2016 we were issued with a Licensee Certificate. This is required by the ONR and allows us to begin purchasing major reactor components in advance of being granted a Nuclear Site Licence. The Licensee Certificate is only the second to be awarded in the UK.
 
Construction will begin once we have permission to build Wylfa Newydd, called a Development Consent Order. We are preparing our application at the moment and expect to submit it in the coming months.

Construction will start after this 18-month process, if consent to build the Power Station is given by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

As a business, we also need to make our Final Investment Decision. This relies on several factors but revolves around delivering a project at a price that works for consumers, the Government and investors.

With all of this in mind, we hope to start the main construction phase of Wylfa Newydd in 2020, with the target of starting to generate electricity in the mid 2020’s
 
Since our acquisition by Hitachi, Ltd. in November 2012, we’ve passed a number of important milestones for the project. We’ve signed a multi-million pound agreement with Hitachi GE-Nuclear Energy, Ltd. to carry out initial design work and we have ramped up our engagement with businesses across North Wales and the UK.

We have also carried out important survey work on and around the Wylfa Newydd development site, including ground investigation works, traffic and transport surveys and environmental and ecological mitigation studies across the site.

We’re currently in the process of assessing potential locations for new and existing support facilities, including workers accommodation, a park and ride and logistics hub and progressing our proposals for route improvements along the A5025.

If you would like to know more about the project, please contact us via our hotline on 0800 954 9516 or by email at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
Wylfa Newydd will require a construction workforce of around 4,000 workers for the majority of the time, with up to 9,000 workers required during a peak period at the end of 2023.

Once complete Wylfa Newydd will create up to 850 permanent jobs and will operate for 60 years, offering employment to skilled workers for generations to come.

A significant power station development like Wylfa Newydd injects tens of millions of pounds a year into the local economy. The main construction phase will see local investment in the region of up to £200 million. Once operational we’ll create 850 jobs – the majority of which will be held by people living on Anglesey - so we expect nearly £20 million to be invested into the Anglesey economy each year through these wages.

We want to see the development reinforce Anglesey as a centre of expertise for low carbon energy generation and nuclear technology, leading to benefits for individuals, communities and businesses.
Consultation is an important part of the planning process and gives the public and stakeholders an opportunity to give us their views on our proposals. We’ve held various stages of formal and informal, pre-application consultation about Wylfa Newydd since 2014, and have spoken to thousands of people at our events.  

As part of our application for permission to build Wylfa Newydd, called a Development Consent Order, we are producing a Consultation Report.

When we have submitted our application, we will update this website with details about how you can view this report.
 

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the Wylfa Newydd Project, you can contact us on our dedicated Wylfa Newydd hotline and email address, by calling free on 0800 954 9516 or emailing us at wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
You can meet members of the project team at our monthly Open Surgeries, which are held on Anglesey at central locations. These sessions are advertised on this website, in our regular Community Update newsletters, and via local media.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest news from Horizon, including the latest events and activities in North Wales, via Twitter and Instagram.
 
We also support the independently chaired Wylfa Newydd Project Liaison Group (PLG), which brings together local community groups and representatives to receive updates on our project. For more information on the PLG – and to view minutes and presentations from previous meetings – please visit Wylfa Newydd Project Liaison Group.