The events, held on Tuesday 21st in Llandudno and Thursday 23rd May in Gloucester, were Horizon’s first supplier conferences since its acquisition by Hitachi in November 2012, and attracted some 400 business representatives from across Wales and the UK.
The company plans to build between four and six nuclear reactors at sites on Anglesey in North Wales and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.
Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant, said: “We’re delighted to have seen such a high turnout at these events, and more importantly to have enjoyed really constructive engagement with potential suppliers.
“Our projects can provide a real economic boost to the UK, and in particular to the regions around our sites – Wales and the South West of England. Early engagement is crucial to help ensure that suppliers can meet our needs in cost, quality and capacity, and to help make sure that UK businesses are well-positioned to benefit from the project.”
Following her address to the conference in Llandudno Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, said: “I am very pleased the event was so well attended by businesses working across a wide range of sectors in Wales. They are all potential suppliers to the future development at Wylfa and it gave them an opportunity to learn more about the roles of Hitachi Ltd, Horizon and HGNE and their proposals for Wylfa.
“In particular, it presented participants with an early indication of project timetables and an overview of the work packages which may be tendered as the projects progress. I am delighted that Horizon is engaging with interested parties at this early stage.”
UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon MP said: “Our industrial strategy has set out a long- term plan and commitment to the UK’s nuclear industry, to foster exactly this sort of investment. By working in partnership with industry, we can give that confidence to invest, help build the supply chain and create high-skilled jobs here in Britain”.
Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon David Jones MP, said: “Horizon’s projects represent a £20billion investment in the UK economy and I am keen to see maximum benefit for Welsh and local firms. Holding their first supplier event since Hitachi’s acquisition in Wales is a real sign of intent, and we are fully behind Welsh companies as they ready themselves to compete for work on the project and bring a real economic boost to Wales.”