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Hitachi abandons UK nuclear power station projects

Horizon Nuclear Power will cease creating two Uk tasks next a choice by Hitachi to pull out of the scheme.

The decision to abandon developing new electric power stations at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and at Oldbury on Severn, in South Gloucestershire, bargains a enormous blow to the nuclear market and hopes of generating thousands of new positions.

Hitachi announced it will close business enterprise operations on the nuclear electric power plant development project at Wylfa, which was suspended in January 2019.

The Japanese corporation mentioned: Hitachi made this choice provided that 20 months have passed due to the fact the suspension, and the financial investment natural environment has develop into increasingly significant owing to the effects of Covid-19.”

Horizon main govt Duncan Hawthorne mentioned: I realize this announcement will be disappointing for our many supporters who experienced hoped to see our project by to completion. Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and Oldbury on Severn are really appealing sites for new nuclear create. We will do our utmost to aid the potential customers for development.”

Tom Greatrex, main govt of the Nuclear Field Association, mentioned: Wylfa is likely the very best website in the Uk for new nuclear capability, and has sturdy community and stakeholder help.

It is essential that a way forward is discovered for the website, to produce thousands of positions, hundreds of apprenticeships and thousands and thousands of pounds of financial investment into an economic improve for the place whilst offering safe, trustworthy and minimal-carbon electric power to underpin the UK’s changeover to web zero.”