Following the confirmation by Hitachi it is to suspend the Wylfa Newydd / Horizon Nuclear Power station Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen has called on the UK Government to pull out all the stops to keep the project viable for future development and to find a plan B.
“The announcement is a massive blow to the local, Welsh and UK economies and we must now look forward to leave no stone unturned to move the project in the right direction.”
“We have been here before, the Wylfa site is one of the best sites for new nuclear. It has the permits and consent and has an excellent skilled workforce of some 400 including apprentices.”
“The project is worth billions and has massive potential to create between 8000 – 10000 construction jobs and hundreds of highly paid long term jobs. It is potentially the biggest project in Wales linked to the North Wales Growth deal and its projects.”
“It is also projected to produce 6% of the UK’s low carbon electricity and is the lynch pin to the UK Government’s Industrial Nuclear Sector Strategy and has massive supply chain potential.”
“It is therefore imperative that the UK Government works with Welsh Government, the local authority, unions and other stakeholders to find a developer to take this project on with direct help.”
“In June 2018 the Secretary of State said it was a prime example of collaboration internally and globally and central to the Nuclear Sector Deal.”
“Both the UK Government and the company Hitachi have a responsibility to turn this suspension into an ongoing opportunity that benefits the locality, the wider country and our energy security. I will work with all stakeholders for this to happen.”