People across North Wales are being asked to give their views on the latest proposals for Wylfa Newydd, a new multi-billion pound power station on Anglesey.
Horizon Nuclear Power’s third formal consultation starts today, 24 May, and finishes on 22 June, giving people the chance to have their say on updates to the project.
The company is presenting a more compact power station design. It is also suggesting where and how it can best manage the impacts from construction and bring long term benefits to the community.
Key project updates and changes described in the consultation include:
- reduction in the area taken up by the main power station, with more buildings and facilities shared between the twin reactors
- a single, carefully managed, temporary workers accommodation campus at the construction site
- appointing a Welsh Language and Culture Coordinator to ensure protection and enhancement of language and culture remains at the heart of Horizon’s development
- support for the development of an Employment and Skills Service to signpost people from across the region to jobs available at Wylfa Newydd
- support for a capital investment programme for all five secondary schools on the island to improve science and technology facilities and help promote the take up of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects
- funding to support a capital investment programme for the provision of new build affordable housing, initially focusing on increasing housing stock around the power station and in nearby Amlwch
- establishing a tourism fund to support marketing initiatives and skills and training for those in the tourist sector.
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive of Horizon Nuclear Power, said:
“In this third stage of consultation we’re focusing on the areas that have changed or where there are new proposals.
“To make this project the best it can be it must be investable, constructable, and deliver a world-leading operating power station. Wylfa Newydd must also be a welcome addition to the community which Anglesey and the wider region can be proud of.
“The changes we’re proposing will enable us to streamline our construction schedule, reduce the number of construction workers we need to bring in and temporarily house, and cut the number of development sites we need.