Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that the new nuclear power station it plans to build on Anglesey in Wales will be called ‘Wylfa Newydd’ – the Welsh for ‘New Wylfa’ – in recognition of the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island in the years ahead.
The name draws on the heritage of the existing Wylfa facility and recognises the new proposals represent far more than the physical presence of a new nuclear power station on the site. The project represents a multi – billion pound investment that will span many decades, boost the local economy and offer hundreds of long term career opportunities for local people.
Horizon Chief Operating Officer, Alan Raymant, said: “People have come to refer to our project as ‘Wylfa B’ because, until now, we hadn’t given our new power station an official name. Since we were acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. last year, we’ve made a lot of progress but much of this work has been behind the scenes. Next year our project will start to gather pace in a way that is much more visible to local people, so we felt now was an appropriate time to announce the new name. Our proposal is not just about steel and concrete; it?s about creating a new, positive and successful future for Anglesey.”
The new name was unveiled during an evening reception held on Anglesey with key local partners and stakeholders last night (14 November).
Horizon also told attendees that designs are being worked up for two ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) units as part of a single power station at the Wylfa Newydd site. These proposals, along with more details on the construction timetable, will be set out in detail in the second half of next year.
Alan Raymant continued: “2014 will be one of our busiest years on the project so far. Our colleagues at Hitachi – GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. will move to the second stage of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency. This is the process through which the regulators ensure they’re completely satisfied the technology can operate safely. Later in the year, we’ll also be launching our first stage of public consultation, showing local people our early proposals and asking for their feedback. Wylfa Newydd has an important role to play on Anglesey and we’re looking forward to sharing our early plans with the people who could benefit most.”
Horizon will re-launch its Statement of Community Consultation in early in 2014, explaining how it intends to deliver its process of public consultation later in the year.