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Environmentalists raise concerns about Wylfa development

Friends of the Earth Cymru have spoken out against the announcement that Japanese company, Hitachi, will be building a nuclear power plant on Anglesey.

The environmental charity has raised concerns about the competency of the company to build a power station after it was responsible for designing the plant involved in the Fukushima disaster.

This is turning back the clock for Wales. Nuclear power is an expensive technology from the past that generates highly toxic nuclear waste that will be sitting around in Anglesey for the next 150 years.

The only viable future is one that's powered by renewables. Investment in the nuclear red herring diverts scarce resources from the renewable revolution that is already providing tens of thousands of jobs right across Wales.

– Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru

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Wylfa decision described as 'very good news' for Wales

First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, has described the decision by Japanese electronics company, Hitachi, to buy the nuclear power project Horizon, as "very good news" for Wales.

According to Hitachi, between five and six thousand jobs could be created during construction and a thousand permanent posts when it is up and running.

The First Minister says the move will help to "secure our energy supply in the future."

This is very good news for Wales and the UK. The potential benefits of a new nuclear development on Anglesey would be substantial - not just in creating thousands of highly skilled jobs and boosting the supply chain - but in helping to secure our energy supply in the future.

– Carwyn Jones AM, Wales' First Minister

Anglesey Council welcomes Wylfa announcement

This is an important development which represents a significant step forward in terms of securing a new power station on Anglesey. More importantly, it’s a major step towards realising significant local job creation and investment in the Anglesey economy, as well as wider benefits for the North Wales region.

I’d like to congratulate Hitachi Ltd. and welcome them to Anglesey. The County Council, through its Energy Island Programme, looks forward to building a long and fruitful working relationship with Hitachi Ltd. in order to maximise local benefits for Anglesey and its communities.

– Cllr. Bryan Owen, Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader

First Minister on Wylfa News

This is very good news for Wales and the UK. The potential benefits of a new nuclear development on Anglesey would be substantial - not just in creating thousands of highly skilled jobs and boosting the supply chain - but in helping to secure our energy supply in the future.

We will continue to work closely with the UK Government and with Hitachi to secure this investment for Wales.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

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Jobs hope for Anglesey after Wylfa announcement

Japanese firm, Hitachi, will buy Horizon nuclear power Credit: ITV News Wales

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi is to buy the nuclear power project Horizon which includes building a new plant on Anglesey.

Hitachi says between five and six thousand jobs could be created during construction and a thousand permanent posts when it's up and running. It says that'll be in the first half of the 2020s.

Fresh hope for 'Wylfa B' as Areva expresses interest

A French company has confirmed it is interested in taking over the Horizon scheme, that had been expected to lead to the development of a 'Wylfa B' nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Horizon owners E.on and RWE npower withdrew in March, citing cost overruns in other projects in Europe.

The news came as blow to the island, since the project was due to lead to the creation of 5,000 during its construction.

Nuclear group Areva has responded to a report in the Financial Times, stating it now plans to bid for Horizon venture, which also includes a site at Oldbury in Gloucestershire

Areva Chief Executive Luc Oursel told the paper that the bid would probablybe a partnership with a Chinese power company.

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