UK Government still committed to Wylfa Newydd

Wylfa Talks

Following Hitachi’s unexpected withdrawal from Wylfa Newydd, Ynys Môn MP, Virginia Crosbie, has reiterated that the UK Government is serious about investing in nuclear power and sees the site as one of the finest potential nuclear sites in the UK.

In a private meeting this week with the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with responsibility for the nuclear sector, Ms Crosbie outlined the disappointment felt by the local community in the wake of the announcement.  She put forward the case for the development of Wylfa Newydd as a key part of the Government’s goal to become net zero carbon by 2050, as well as its importance for the local economy and employment.

The Minister confirmed that the Government is absolutely committed to the site on Anglesey and stated that he believes it will play a key role in the future of nuclear for this country.    He went on to say that “Wylfa Newydd is one of the finest nuclear sites in the UK” and that it “ticks all the boxes”. ‘

Ms Crosbie said

“It was extremely useful to have this time with the Minister to discuss options for the future of the Wylfa site.  With the 30th September deadline for the Development Consent Order rapidly approaching and the UK Government’s Energy white paper due this Autumn, we will soon have a roadmap for delivering net zero.     

“Hitachi may have pulled out but there are other options being proposed that could still see Wylfa playing a critical role in delivering the UK Government’s net zero and levelling up agendas.  I am continuing to engage with key stakeholders including Horizon and the Nuclear Industry Association and I will continue to press Ministers on the matter at every opportunity.” 

In a statement supporting Ms Crosbie’s work in pushing forward the case for Wylfa Newydd, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association said:

 “Wylfa is one of the most promising sites in Europe for new nuclear stations. It is imperative that a way forward is found for the site, to deliver thousands of highly skilled, well-paid jobs for the local community and to provide the reliable, low-carbon power we need for the UK’s transition to net zero.

“The nuclear industry has a bright future in this country: and the Government can secure these economic and environmental opportunities for future generations by setting out a clear pathway for new nuclear power in forthcoming policy announcements.”

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