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First Minister: Reports over Wylfa project 'worrying'

Credit: Horizon

Hitachi, the company behind the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey, said "no formal decision" has been made on the future of the site.

Addressing reports it was planning on suspending the project on Anglesey, it said it is not "based on Hitachi's decision" but it "has been assessing the Horizon project including its potential suspension and related financial impacts".

A report in 2015 said the multi-billion pound investment was a "once in a generation" opportunity for Welsh businesses.

Almost 7,000 people are expected to be involved in the construction of the plant.

GMB, the union, is calling on the UK government to step in to ensure the construction of the £20bn power plant and says it would leave the UK's energy plans "reduced to tatters" if it does not go ahead.

If the mood music from Tokyo ahead of Hitachi’s Board Meeting on Monday is correct, then without urgent UK government intervention, this country’s new nuclear energy plans will be reduced to tatters.

Government must act and step in now, picking up the reins and taking whatever funding stake is necessary, to ensure Wylfa goes ahead on time.

– Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary

The UK Government entered into negotiations with Hitachi in June to consider investing in the project.

First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted to say the reports are "worrying".

This is a major project with significant economic benefits to Wales and rest of the country. We will monitor the situation very carefully and press the UK Gov do to everything it can to help bring this project to Anglesey.

– Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister

The group PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) said should the news be confirmed, then it will be "a relief" for those who "worry about the future of our Island, our country, our language, our environment and indeed renewable energy."

Dr Doug Parr from Greenpeace UK said it is "the chance to think again and make a better decision."

The government’s energy policy is in tatters, but this is the opposite of a disaster. We could have locked ourselves into reliance on an obsolete, unaffordable technology, but we’ve been given the chance to think again and make a better decision. Our urgent, immediate dilemma - how to maintain security of supply whilst cutting carbon - can be solved by making offshore wind, at half the cost of nuclear, the backbone of the new power system. The failure of the old technology is the opportunity the new technologies need, and Britain’s world-leading offshore wind industry’s time has come.

– Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK