Horizon Nuclear Power has today opened the third formal consultation stage for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey.
The key features stressed are a streamlining of the project’s impact: the main power station site will be more compact than in previous proposals, with facilities to be shared by the twin reactors, while construction workers requiring accommodation will be housed in a single temporary campus at the build site.
The total number of construction workers will be a thousand fewer in number than once anticipated, reaching a peak of 9,000 “for a few months” in late 2023.
In addition, Horizon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, said that the number of development sites will be reduced and that essential off-site facilities, such as a back-up control centre, will now be housed on a single site.
Horizon added that funding will be provided to support affordable housing around the power station in Amlwch, while there will also be support for skills, STEM programmes in local schools and tourism programmes.
Although some designs have been altered, elements from the stage two consultation that remain in place are improvements to the A5025, a park-and-ride facility at Dalar Hill, and a logistics facility at Parc Cybi on the edge of Holyhead, where an agreement is in place with developer Conygar.
Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “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.
“Alongside this we remain absolutely committed to being a good neighbour to the North Anglesey communities which will host the power station. This includes creating opportunities for local companies and long term high quality careers in North Wales, particularly for young people currently in education.”
The workers’ campus would be built in phases, initially providing accommodation for 2,500 beds, rising to 4,000 if required.
A series of public exhibitions will be held across the region, while Horizon will also visit communities and local events with a consultation bus. The consultation runs until 22 June.