Horizon announces Exelon Generation as technical partner

Horizon Nuclear Power and Exelon Generation today announced a partnership to provide expertise in engineering, maintenance, operations and training to help Horizon as it grows its own expertise and capability to operate a next generation nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, North Wales. Exelon Generation, a leader in nuclear safety and operational excellence, operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States eight of which are boiling water reactors as proposed at Wylfa.

A team of four Exelon specialists, with over a century of collective experience, will work alongside Horizon’s growing team, providing expertise in engineering, maintenance, operations and training. The Exelon team will support Horizon’s Safety & Generation Director, Greg Evans, himself a veteran nuclear operator, as Horizon develops its own nuclear operating model.

This will not be the last such partnership as Horizon is aiming to bring in a number of global partners to help it grow into a successful nuclear operator. The partners will be selected to help in a number of key areas including operations and maintenance, BWR experience, UK licensing expertise, and training.

Horizon’s Chief Executive, Duncan Hawthorne, said, “We aim to make Horizon a world leading nuclear operator and to be the best, you have to learn from the best. With its proven expertise and decades of experience, Exelon will be a vital part of our success. Alongside our own expert people, they will form a team that will ready us to successfully run Wylfa Newydd even as we continue to progress towards its construction.”

Speaking for Exelon, Mike Pacilo, their Chief Operating Officer, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to share Exelon Generation’s industry-leading technical and operational experience with Horizon as they move forward with plans to build and operate a world class nuclear facility. We look forward to expanding our presence in the UK and leveraging Exelon’s proven nuclear management model and exceptional workforce to advance operational excellence around the globe.”