WYLFA NEWYDD 2017

Calls for clarity on future of £20bn Wylfa Newydd

Reports in Japan have raised questions over the future of the £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey with claims that the project’s main backer Hitachi could be set to back out.

In a second major blow to the North West’s new nuclear programme, after fellow Japanese company Toshiba pulled out of Moorside in Cumbria, reports in the Japanese press claim Hitachi is set to scrap its investment in Wylfa Newydd.

Negotiations between the UK Government and Hitachi are still ongoing and business secretary Greg Clark signalled his backing for the proposals in June this year. Since then, Hitachi has moved the project forward after the Planning Inspectorate backed Hitachi’s development consent order, which would allow construction to begin.

In August, global construction and engineering firm Bechtel was named as project manager for the £20bn scheme, which is expected to require 9,000 workers on site during peak construction in 2023.

Under the current plans, the plant will be built by 2027 and will provide 2.9GW of energy using two reactors, the design of which was approved by authorities in late 2017.

Hitachi’s development company for the nuclear plant, Horizon, said it would not comment on “speculation”, but trade union GMB has called for “urgent clarification” on the future of the plant.

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary, said: “Reports Hitachi might pull out of the Wylfa project require urgent clarification and – if necessary – immediate action by the Government.

“If true, the consequences would be catastrophic for Wales and the UK’s future energy policy.

“With coal and the existing nuclear fleet all going offline in the next decade or so, alternative reliable base load capacity from new nuclear is vital to keep the lights on and the economy functioning.

“This Government has a track record of dithering when it comes to our vital future energy needs.

“Now is not the time for anything other than immediate and decisive action – including stepping in and taking over the project if needed.”

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The planning inspectorate have not backed this scheme. The DCO Examination started late October and will continue until April 2019.

By Teresa Hughes

Japan’s greedy nuclear industries and Abe government who have learned nothing from nuclear disaster and have been not able to settle even domestic nuclear disaster continue to ignore even worst case scenario of nuclear disaster.
Such they are improper as user of nuclear energy.

They still try to deceive general public by pretended new safety standard or questionable safe limit about radioactivity.

Japanese large corporations and Abe government are still obsessed with neoliberalism.

By Hkz

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