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Welsh Government Minister gives evidence on suspension of Wylfa Newydd development plans

22 February 2019

The Welsh Affairs Committee will hear from Welsh Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates on impact to Welsh economy and way forward following suspension of work at Wylfa Newydd.

Background

Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd, owned by Japanese company Hitachi, had been planning to build two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors close to the site of the old Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey. Work was due to be completed by the mid-2020s and was expected to create 850 permanent jobs on the site, plus an estimated 8,000 jobs during the construction phase. On 17 January 2019 Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme, including work on Wylfa Newydd.

Purpose of the session

In response to the suspension of works, the Welsh Affairs Committee will take evidence from the Welsh Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM. The Committee will ask the Minister about the impact on the Welsh economy and how the Welsh Government is supporting those affected. The Committee will also ask the Minister to consider the Wylfa Newydd project in the context of other energy projects in Wales, such as the cancelled Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

The Committee recently took evidence on the Wylfa Newydd situation from Horizon’s Director of Nuclear Operations, Gwen Parry-Jones, UK Government Energy Minister Richard Harrington MP and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP.

Witness

Tuesday 26 February 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government

Further information

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