Anglesey

Hitachi to End Business Operations on the UK Nuclear Power Stations Construction Project

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 11:17am

TOKYO, Sept 16, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced that it will end business operations on the nuclear power plant construction project in the United Kingdom (Horizon Project), which was suspended in January 2019 (1).

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Sept 16, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced that it will end business operations on the nuclear power plant construction project in the United Kingdom (Horizon Project), which was suspended in January 2019 (1).
  • The Horizon Project is a proposal by Horizon Nuclear Power Limited, which Hitachi acquired in November 2012, to develop nuclear power stations comprising of two units of UK ABWR(2) at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey, North-West Wales, with the intention to develop Hitachi's nuclear business in the UK and contribute to the energy policy of the UK government, as well as maintaining the business foundation that supports the nuclear industry in Japan.
  • As a result of this decision to end business operations on the Horizon Project, Hitachi will coordinate with the UK government and relevant organizations regarding its cooperation as the owner of ABWR licence(3) and the handling of the planned construction sites and other matters.
  • Hitachi will continue to contribute to improve social, environmental and economic value and people's quality of life through its Social Innovation Business, including the energy business.

Lords considers Parliamentary Constituencies Bill at second reading

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:05pm

Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of theParliamentary Constituencies Bill during second reading, on Monday 27July.

Key Points: 
  • Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of theParliamentary Constituencies Bill during second reading, on Monday 27July.
  • The purpose of the bill is to ensure the number of parliamentary constituencies remains at 650 and that they reflect the changes in demographics, house building and migration that have taken place over the past 20 years.
  • Speakers include a number of former MPs and a former member of the Advisory Board, Wales Governance Centre.
  • add the constituency ofYnys Mn, comprising the area of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, to the list of protected constituencies.

UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:08am

Welsh Affairs Committee publishes report on the suspension of development of the Wylfa Newydd power station

Key Points: 


COMMONS

UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

    Purpose of the inquiry

    • The Welsh Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the implications of this suspension for the surrounding economy and for the UKs nuclear capabilities.
    • It also calls on the UK and Welsh Governments to consider a range of possible future sustainable energy projects in North West Wales.

    The report also recommends

      Chair's comments

      • Davies MP said: The development of the Wylfa Newydd site was vitally important to Anglesey and the whole of North West Wales, and the announcement that works would be suspended was a blow to local communities and the local economy.
      • Our report calls for the Government to capitalise on these benefits by ensuring that a range of possible energy projects can be developed on the site.

      Key conclusions and recommendations

        Resuming works at Wylfa Newydd

        • Throughout the inquiry, the Committee consistently heard that the site at Wylfa Newydd has distinct geological advantages that make it ideal for nuclear development. One witness even said that the site was understood to be “one of the best sites in west Europe, if not in the whole of Europe, for building nuclear power stations.” The Director of Nuclear Operations at Horizon – the subsidiary of Hitachi responsible for the redevelopment of the site next to the old Wylfa nuclear power station – also shared the view that the site had unique advantages.
          • The Committee therefore urges the UK and Welsh Governments to make every effort to ensure that works can resume on  the site, or alternative energy projects can be brought forward in the surrounding area such as a low carbon energy project.
          • The Committee also recommends that the Government’s analysis of the regulated asset base model (RAB) focus on whether it could resolve the Hitachi’s financing concerns around Wylfa Newydd.
          • The Committee recommends that if RAB could deliver nuclear at Wylfa Newydd, the Government should bring forward legislation to implement it.
          • The Committee recommends that if Hitachi is unwilling to resume works, the Government should prompt it to sell the site and help to encourage more willing developers to purchase it.

        Providing high value jobs

        • While Horizon has committed to supporting the 33 apprentices taken on to work at Wylfa Newydd, the Committee is concerned that their skills will be lost to North Wales if job opportunities in the energy sector are not available in the area.
          • The Committee therefore recommends that the benefits of the Trawsfynydd site are capitalised on through the development of a proposal for a small modular reactor to help sustain the local economy and retain the skills base.
          • The Committee heard that Trawsfynydd’s geological characteristics has the potential to bring high value jobs to the local economy.
          • The Committee urges the Government and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to explore all opportunities for apprentices in the decommissioning of the old Wylfa and Trawfynydd reactors to help their skills stay in North Wales

        Supporting the local economy

        UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

        Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:08am

        Welsh Affairs Committee publishes report on the suspension of development of the Wylfa Newydd power station

        Key Points: 


        COMMONS

        UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

          Purpose of the inquiry

          • The Welsh Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the implications of this suspension for the surrounding economy and for the UKs nuclear capabilities.
          • It also calls on the UK and Welsh Governments to consider a range of possible future sustainable energy projects in North West Wales.

          The report also recommends

            Chair's comments

            • Davies MP said: The development of the Wylfa Newydd site was vitally important to Anglesey and the whole of North West Wales, and the announcement that works would be suspended was a blow to local communities and the local economy.
            • Our report calls for the Government to capitalise on these benefits by ensuring that a range of possible energy projects can be developed on the site.

            Key conclusions and recommendations

              Resuming works at Wylfa Newydd

              • Throughout the inquiry, the Committee consistently heard that the site at Wylfa Newydd has distinct geological advantages that make it ideal for nuclear development. One witness even said that the site was understood to be “one of the best sites in west Europe, if not in the whole of Europe, for building nuclear power stations.” The Director of Nuclear Operations at Horizon – the subsidiary of Hitachi responsible for the redevelopment of the site next to the old Wylfa nuclear power station – also shared the view that the site had unique advantages.
                • The Committee therefore urges the UK and Welsh Governments to make every effort to ensure that works can resume on  the site, or alternative energy projects can be brought forward in the surrounding area such as a low carbon energy project.
                • The Committee also recommends that the Government’s analysis of the regulated asset base model (RAB) focus on whether it could resolve the Hitachi’s financing concerns around Wylfa Newydd.
                • The Committee recommends that if RAB could deliver nuclear at Wylfa Newydd, the Government should bring forward legislation to implement it.
                • The Committee recommends that if Hitachi is unwilling to resume works, the Government should prompt it to sell the site and help to encourage more willing developers to purchase it.

              Providing high value jobs

              • While Horizon has committed to supporting the 33 apprentices taken on to work at Wylfa Newydd, the Committee is concerned that their skills will be lost to North Wales if job opportunities in the energy sector are not available in the area.
                • The Committee therefore recommends that the benefits of the Trawsfynydd site are capitalised on through the development of a proposal for a small modular reactor to help sustain the local economy and retain the skills base.
                • The Committee heard that Trawsfynydd’s geological characteristics has the potential to bring high value jobs to the local economy.
                • The Committee urges the Government and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to explore all opportunities for apprentices in the decommissioning of the old Wylfa and Trawfynydd reactors to help their skills stay in North Wales

              Supporting the local economy

              UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

              Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:07am

              Welsh Affairs Committee publishes report on the suspension of development of the Wylfa Newydd power station

              Key Points: 


              COMMONS

              UK Government and Hitachi should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd

                Purpose of the inquiry

                • The Welsh Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the implications of this suspension for the surrounding economy and for the UKs nuclear capabilities.
                • It also calls on the UK and Welsh Governments to consider a range of possible future sustainable energy projects in North West Wales.

                The report also recommends

                  Chair's comments

                  • Davies MP said: The development of the Wylfa Newydd site was vitally important to Anglesey and the whole of North West Wales, and the announcement that works would be suspended was a blow to local communities and the local economy.
                  • Our report calls for the Government to capitalise on these benefits by ensuring that a range of possible energy projects can be developed on the site.

                  Key conclusions and recommendations

                    Resuming works at Wylfa Newydd

                    • Throughout the inquiry, the Committee consistently heard that the site at Wylfa Newydd has distinct geological advantages that make it ideal for nuclear development. One witness even said that the site was understood to be “one of the best sites in west Europe, if not in the whole of Europe, for building nuclear power stations.” The Director of Nuclear Operations at Horizon – the subsidiary of Hitachi responsible for the redevelopment of the site next to the old Wylfa nuclear power station – also shared the view that the site had unique advantages.
                      • The Committee therefore urges the UK and Welsh Governments to make every effort to ensure that works can resume on  the site, or alternative energy projects can be brought forward in the surrounding area such as a low carbon energy project.
                      • The Committee also recommends that the Government’s analysis of the regulated asset base model (RAB) focus on whether it could resolve the Hitachi’s financing concerns around Wylfa Newydd.
                      • The Committee recommends that if RAB could deliver nuclear at Wylfa Newydd, the Government should bring forward legislation to implement it.
                      • The Committee recommends that if Hitachi is unwilling to resume works, the Government should prompt it to sell the site and help to encourage more willing developers to purchase it.

                    Providing high value jobs

                    • While Horizon has committed to supporting the 33 apprentices taken on to work at Wylfa Newydd, the Committee is concerned that their skills will be lost to North Wales if job opportunities in the energy sector are not available in the area.
                      • The Committee therefore recommends that the benefits of the Trawsfynydd site are capitalised on through the development of a proposal for a small modular reactor to help sustain the local economy and retain the skills base.
                      • The Committee heard that Trawsfynydd’s geological characteristics has the potential to bring high value jobs to the local economy.
                      • The Committee urges the Government and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to explore all opportunities for apprentices in the decommissioning of the old Wylfa and Trawfynydd reactors to help their skills stay in North Wales

                    Supporting the local economy

                    FER0749490

                    Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:05pm

                    The complainant requested various copies of Cabinet/Board Meeting minutes in respect of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey. The Welsh Government initially refused the request in its entirety relying on regulation 12(4)(e) of the EIR on the basis that the information involves the disclosure of internal communications, however, it subsequently disclosed full copies of two of the Board minutes and redacted copies of the remaining minutes. The Commissioner has considered the Welsh Government’s reliance on the exception cited and has concluded that it was entitled to rely on regulation 12(4)(e) of the EIR in respect of the remaining withheld information.

                    Key Points: 
                    • The complainant requested various copies of Cabinet/Board Meeting minutes in respect of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project on Anglesey.
                    • The Welsh Government initially refused the request in its entirety relying on regulation 12(4)(e) of the EIR on the basis that the information involves the disclosure of internal communications, however, it subsequently disclosed full copies of two of the Board minutes and redacted copies of the remaining minutes.
                    • The Commissioner has considered the Welsh Governments reliance on the exception cited and has concluded that it was entitled to rely on regulation 12(4)(e) of the EIR in respect of the remaining withheld information.

                    Committee examines economic impact of halt to development of Wylfa Newydd

                    Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 12:06am

                    Welsh Affairs Committee look into the halt of the development of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station

                    Key Points: 
                    • 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.
                    • On 17 January 2019 Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme, including work on Wylfa Newydd.
                    • 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.
                    • 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.

                    Committee examines economic impact of halt to development of Wylfa Newydd

                    Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 12:06am

                    Welsh Affairs Committee look into the halt of the development of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station

                    Key Points: 
                    • 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.
                    • On 17 January 2019 Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme, including work on Wylfa Newydd.
                    • 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.
                    • 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.