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Committee examines economic impact of halt to development of Wylfa Newydd

07 February 2019

Following the halt of the development of Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Anglesey announced in January, the Welsh Affairs Committee will take evidence from the Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, the Secretary of State for Wales and a BEIS Minister on the implications for the local economy.

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

The Welsh Affairs Committee will hold an evidence session examining how the suspension of the Wylfa Newydd development will affect the local economy and communities. In the first panel, the Committee will question Horizon’s Director of Nuclear Operations, Gwen Parry-Jones, on the decision to suspend work, its anticipated effect on the economy and next steps for the site on Anglesey.

In the second panel, the Committee will question the Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP and BEIS Minister Richard Harrington MP on how the suspension of work on Wylfa Newydd might affect other plans for the nuclear sector in North Wales and on Government support for those affected by the decision.

Following this session, the Committee plans to meet with the Welsh government and local stakeholders to ensure the full impact of the decision is taken into consideration.

Witnesses

Tuesday 12 February 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

From 2.45pm

Panel 1

  • Gwen Parry-Jones OBE, Director of Nuclear Operations, Horizon Nuclear Power

Panel 2

  • Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
  • Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Further information

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