The project, which is being developed on the Isle of Anglesey by Horizon Nuclear Power, supported by Hitachi-GE, will create significant opportunities for a wide variety of local businesses, both during the construction phase and through its many decades of operation.
Tim Eaton, Horizon’s Commercial Director, said: “The huge number of local firms attending this event shows the excitement that Wylfa Newydd is generating among businesses from the Island and across North Wales. We’ve made fantastic progress on the project and we’ve set out today how local businesses can help us continue to move forward successfully. This kind of opportunity only comes along once in a generation and we want businesses operating in North Wales to be ready to make the most of it.”
Representatives of Horizon and Hitachi-GE explained to delegates their approach to procurement, including introductions to future scopes of work and their expectations in relation to quality, codes and standards. They were joined on stage by speakers from the Isle of Anglesey County Council as well as UK and Welsh Government, discussing the support available for local businesses.
The event also featured exhibition stands from skills agencies, industry organisations and local education establishments such as Bangor University, Constructing Excellence Wales, Coleg Menai, Coleg Cambria and the Energy Island Programme. Visitors to each stand were able to learn more about how these organisations can help to equip businesses in Wales with the knowledge and qualifications they will need to work on the Project.
Shunsuke Utena, Executive Officer of Hitachi Europe’s Nuclear Power Projects Unit, said: “Wylfa Newydd represents an unparalleled opportunity for Welsh businesses. As we develop our supply chain to deliver a scope of work for Horizon, we’re always looking for the right quality and the right behaviours. Alongside Horizon, today’s event has given us the opportunity to explain more about our approach and expectations as we continue building our relationships with the local supply chain. Our priority is to help firms understand where opportunities could exist and how they can prepare to take advantage of them in the years to come.”