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Six-month delay for Anglesey nuclear power plant DCO

Words: Roger Milne
Andrea Leadsom / Chris McAndrew

Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom has deferred her decision on a development consent order (DCO) for a stalled nuclear power plant on Anglesey until the end of March next year.

She had been due to determine the application for the £12 billion Wylfa Newydd power station by yesterday (23 October).

However, the UK minister has requested more information from regulatory bodies, the local planning authority and other interested parties before deciding whether to approve the DCO request from Horizon Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese giant Hitachi.

It shelved work on the project earlier this year because of economic issues.

Leadsom’s department has sent out a 13-page letter to regulatory organisations and interested parties listing a number of aspects that require further information and views. These include environmental and safety concerns as well as such matters as flood risk, compulsory purchase of land and mitigation measures.

The deadline for comments from organisations including Natural Resources Wales, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, CADW and the Isle of Anglesey County Council is 31 December 2019.

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Image credit | Chris McAndrew