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.
We completed our second Pre-Application Consultation in October 2016. We’re now carefully considering all the feedback we received from local residents, stakeholders, councillors, MPs and AMs.

The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology that we will be using at Wylfa Newydd is now in the fourth and final stage of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA). The schedule remains on track and is due for completion in 2017.

We’ve been issued with a Licensee Certificate (Dec 2016), as required by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), to allow 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.

We’re on schedule to make our Site Licence Application (SLA) in 2017. This involves progressing our detailed design work, conducting site preparatory works and regularly engaging with the local community. We’re also continuing to conduct a variety of environmental, topographical and traffic surveys as well as working on health and language impact assessments which are part of the consultation process and our eventual planning submission.
We have a number of milestones to meet before we can start construction including formal consultation on our proposals and the submission of an application for Development Consent Order (DCO) to The Planning Inspectorate.
Construction can only start after the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology undergoes a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) – a rigorous regulatory evaluation of our proposed reactor technology by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency.

This process is now in its final stages and is on track for completion in 2017.
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.
We held two formal Pre Application Consultations in 2014 and 2016, and since then we’ve continued to share information about the project in a variety of ways.

Our latest stage of pre-application consultation is now open and runs until Thursday 22 June 2017. A list of consultation events can be found here.  You can also read more about the updates we have made to our plans on our consultation website.

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.