Horizon Nuclear Power outlined further details of its nuclear power programme in the UK. Given the right market conditions the company proposes to have its first reactor, at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey, commissioned as early as 2020.
A planning application at Wylfa would be scheduled for 2012, and be followed by a planning application for a second power station at Oldbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire once construction at Wylfa is underway. Each site is planned to have a capacity of up to 3,300MW.
Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power said: “New nuclear power would make a vital contribution to meeting the country’s energy needs and tackling the challenge of climate change. “Each development would deliver up to 800 direct permanent jobs and around 5,000 during the construction period. This will bring a major economic boost to both local economies and cement their reputation as nuclear centres of excellence for generations to come.“
The company is continuing formal discussions with both Westinghouse and Areva, the two firms seeking licences for their nuclear reactors in the UK, before selecting a preferred vendor at the end of the year for the first site.
Alan Raymant said: “This approach will allow us to incorporate the best quality information in our selection and also fits with our timeframe for delivery.’”
Horizon Nuclear Power will undertake a programme of detailed studies and formal consultations at both sites prior to planning applications being made.