The chief executive of Anglesey County Council, Dylan J. Williams, has welcomed plans by the British government to build a new nuclear power station on the island.
His comments came after the government’s new energy strategy was unveiled yesterday, including proposals for eight reactors – the equivalent of one a year – to be delivered by the end of this decade.
Wylfa on Anglesey is one of the first three sites named by the Westminster government, along with Sizewell in Suffolk and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire.
According to reports earlier this week, two US companies, Westinghouse and Bechtel, are involved in developing the Anglesey project which could see two reactors built on the site of the disused Wylfa Newydd plant.
Another Welsh site, Trawsfynydd, has also been identified as a potential location for one of the small modular reactors being developed by Rolls Royce, but construction is not expected to start for several years.
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart is expected to visit one of Westinghouse’s nuclear power stations during an official trip to the United States later this week to advance plans for the new plant.
A real momentum
Dylan J. Williams, chief executive of Anglesey County Council, said: “There now appears to be real momentum within the UK Government to bring new nuclear to Wylfa, as part of a secure future energy mix. that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and meet the net zero target.
“It is vital, of course, that we learn from our past experiences with nuclear development at Anglesey and ensure that they positively influence future plans.”
“We remain committed to welcoming a nuclear power station to Anglesey provided it delivers transformational long-term benefits – in terms of local jobs, supply chain opportunities and prosperity for our communities and residents.
“Respect for island communities, safeguarding Welsh language and culture and protecting the environment and a commitment to meaningful public engagement remain important red lines.”
“We are ready to continue working with the UK government to develop and deliver the new Wylfa project. The Council’s previous experience working on a nuclear project and our understanding of the island and its communities should be fully utilized.
He added: “Having previously worked with Horizon Nuclear Power, who were behind Wylfa Newydd’s proposed project, we also have a strong indication of the significant economic and community benefits that new nuclear can bring to a community. Any future development at Wylfa must bring major and long-term socio-economic benefits to our island and our communities.
Anglesey’s head of regulation and economic development, Christian Branch, added: “Our priority now will be to continue to engage with the UK and Welsh governments, potential developers and regional stakeholders to ensure Wylfa is up to speed. tip of their thinking.”
“A new nuclear power station at Wylfa has the potential to transform the economy of Anglesey, particularly the North of the Island, and the whole of North Wales. It would be a significant catalyst for creating substantial jobs and supply chain opportunities for generations to come.
“However, we are also keenly aware that the voices, needs and concerns of neighboring villages and towns of the host community must be fully considered throughout the development of the Wylfa project.”
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