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Hinkley deal is 'positive step forward' for Anglesey says Welsh Secretary

The agreement on a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset is 'a positive step forward' for similar plans for Anglesey, according to the Welsh Secretary. David Jones says the deal marks 'the start of a renaissance in British nuclear power generation.'

Today’s announcement at Hinkley Point will provide the added impetus for Wales to exploit its own energy potential. It underlines the UK’s position as one of the most attractive electricity investment markets in the world.

Hitachi’s investment at Wylfa B offers significant potential benefits to the economy in Wales, and particularly on Anglesey, through increased high-quality employment and supply chain opportunities.

– David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales

Welsh Government: nuclear subs would be 'more than welcome' in Wales

by Adrian Masters

The Welsh Government says it would provide a base for Britain's nuclear submarine fleet if an independent Scotland removed the fleet from Scottish waters. It follows an announcement by the Scottish Government that it is 'firmly committed to the earliest possible withdrawal of Trident from Scotland.'

Using the @WelshGovernment and @fmwales twitter accounts, the Welsh Government made its position clear:

There would be more than a welcome for the UK's nuclear submarine fleet and 6,000 new jobs in Milford Haven.

Plaid supporters have already begun to express their horror at the thought. But many Labour activists will also be opposed even to the idea. And it seems a long way from the 'nuclear-free Wales' position of previous Labour-led Welsh Governments.

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Funding to help workers at nuclear plants

The nuclear plant at Wylfa
The nuclear reactor at the Wylfa plant will shut down in 2014 Credit: ITV News Wales

£4 million is being spent on helping nuclear energy workers in North West Wales back into work.

The funding aims to help 1,200 staff at the Wylfa and Trawsfynydd sites prepare for future careers.

Wylfa, on Anglesey, is due to stop generating electricity in 2014. Trawsfynydd has already closed, and is in the process of being decommissione d.

The funding comes from the European Social Fund, the Welsh Government, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and local councils. Workers will be given career advice, mentoring, training and job-search help.

Hopes for a new power station at 'Wylfa B' were set back last month when two leading power companies withdrew their plans for the site.

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