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24/01/2020

Horizon sticks to its Anglesey nuclear plans

Words: Roger Milne
Wylfa Newydd / Horizon Power

The company behind the suspended proposals to develop a nuclear power project on Anglesey involving two Hitachi-GE reactors has poured cold water on media speculation that its Wylfa Newydd site is in the running to host a Rolls-Royce mini nuclear plant – a so-called small modular reactor.

A spokesman for Horizon Nuclear Power, which owns the site on Anglesey, told The Planner: “There are no plans to deploy a Rolls-Royce small modular reactor at the Wylfa Newydd site and recent media stories reporting this are not correct.

“Activity on the Horizon project is currently suspended, but we’re working hard to establish the conditions for a restart using our tried-and-tested reactor design, which has already cleared the UK regulators’ assessment process.

“Our planning application [development consent order] to deliver two of these reactors – providing enough clean power for over five million homes and a multibillion-pound investment to the region – is at a very advanced stage and we expect the process to be completed by the end of March.”

According to a Mail on Sunday article, a consortium led by Roils-Royce has government support for a programme of mini-nuclear projects and had earmarked both the Anglesey site and one at Trawsfyndd in Snowdonia for these power plants.

Rolls-Royce has declined to comment to The Planner about its plans.

Image credit | Horizin Power

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