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The APPG on Nuclear Energy’s reaction to Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on Wylfa Newydd project

17 January 2019

The APPG on Nuclear Energy’s reaction to Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on Wylfa Newydd project:

Today’s news  comes as a huge disappointment to the nuclear industry and to North Wales. The Wylfa Newydd project is a crucial part of the government’s new nuclear build programme, but also a vital part of future energy needs as it would provide 60 years of reliable, secure, low carbon power for homes, businesses and public services.

Nuclear power already plays an important role in our energy mix, currently providing 21% of the UK’s electricity and is an integral part of a future decarbonised power supply alongside other low-carbon technologies. If we are to meet our legally binding Carbon Budget targets we need to make sure that the government works with industry to deliver vital nuclear capacity on this site.

The APPG on Nuclear Energy will work with all stakeholders, particularly the industry members affected by today’s news, to continue to support the Wylfa Newydd project going forward.

Sue Hayman MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy said:

“This is very disappointing following the Moorside announcement last year. What we need to know now is: how the government plans to fill the gap this could create, with low carbon energy?; and do they still support new nuclear? – as investors need clarity.

“The thousands of jobs brought by new nuclear are vital to both the local economy and to the UK as a whole. We need a funding mechanism that works to deliver new nuclear and low-carbon electricity. Time is of the essence.”

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy added:

“This is terribly sad news for the people of North Wales and the industry as a whole. I have consistently called for support of new nuclear power in the UK, and expressed the huge benefits it can bring to communities up and down the country. The investment activity in the South-West serves as a great example of this.

“The APPG will remain committed to supporting government and industry in ensuring a new nuclear power plant is built at the Wylfa Newydd site.”

Secretariat contact: Shayne Halfpenny-Ray, 020 7766 6641, shayne.halfpenny-ray@niauk.org