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Nuclear power station project named ‘Wylfa Newydd’

A Welsh name has been chosen for the nuclear power project on Anglesey, initially referred to as 'Wylfa B' Credit: Horizon Nuclear Power

A proposed nuclear power station on Anglesey has been given the name 'Wylfa Newydd', Horizon Nuclear Power has revealed.

The group said the name, which translates as 'New Wylfa', was chosen in recognition of "the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island in the years ahead".

Japanese industrial giants Hitachi stepped in after developers E.ON and RWE pulled out of the project, initially referred to as 'Wylfa B'.

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


Wylfa B conference held for potential suppliers and contractors

Hundreds of business people have packed a conference in North Wales today to see just how a new nuclear power station could boost Anglesey's economy - and the finances and job prospects of the suppliers across the region.

Building the new Wylfa B reactor may be one of Wales' most controversial developments with some fierce opposition.

Today, the nuclear firm Horizon saw how many suppliers and industries want to be a part of that project.

Rob Shelley reports.

Power station developers to share plans with local businesses

Horizon Nuclear Power is developing plans for a new power station in Wylfa

The company behind plans to build a new power station at Wylfa on Anglesey will share its vision for the site with local businesses today.

Horizon Nuclear Power is holding two events, one in Llandudno and one in Gloucester, to give local businesses a chance to see what opportunities are available.

There will be presentations from Horizon's chief operating officer and the chief executive of Hitachi, as well as a key note speech from Economy, Science and Transport minister Edwina Hart AM.

The events are expected to attract around 200 business delegates, as well as a range of industry bodies including the Energy Island Programme, the National Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre Nuclear, and the Nuclear Industry Association.

A new future for Wylfa B?

There are hopes on Anglesey tonight that a new developer could sign up for the massive Wylfa B nuclear power station scheme within days.

The Japanese industrial giants GE Hitachi are said to be interested - and independent commentators suggest a deal could be agreed as early as this week.


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