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Horizon announces new Board of Directors appointments

10 February 2017

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced two new appointments to the Board of Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd.

William Doig, Power & Energy Consultant, Grove Consulting and Dr Ken Petrunik, former Advisor to the CEO of Nuclear Power, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, will join the Board as independent non-executive directors effective from the 1st March.

These appointments further strengthen the nuclear credentials of the Board as Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd prepares to apply for a nuclear site licence for the construction and operation of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, on Anglesey, North Wales.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power, said,

“I am delighted that two globally respected figures like Ken Petrunik and Bill Doig have agreed to take up these posts with Horizon. They bring a vast amount of experience in nuclear development, construction, operations, and project management to further strengthen our team as we progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator.”

Ken Petrunik said,

“Having worked across the world on nuclear projects, the UK is one of the best places to be right now for new build and it’s a great honour to get involved with the Horizon project. All the building blocks are there for Horizon to be a real success and I look forward to working with them as they move into the next phase of their growth and development.”

Bill Doig said,

“Horizon represents the next generation of nuclear operations in the UK, and having run the current fleet of reactors, it is an exciting prospect for me to be able to help them as they progress. The leadership and workforce at Horizon have what it takes to make Wylfa Newydd a world class nuclear facility and it will be a fascinating project to be part of.”

The Site Licence Company will be the corporate body and legal entity responsible for the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd. The Board, as the ultimate decision-making authority in the company, will be responsible for overall governance; ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements are met; setting the strategic aims; and managing risks and operational performance against company objectives. It is ultimately accountable for all safety, security and environmental related activities and decisions that may affect the site.


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Notes to Editors:

About Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Its power station sites will employ 850 people each once operational with a construction workforce of between 8,000 and 10,000. For more information about Horizon, please visit

A Nuclear Site Licence is a licence granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 for the installation and operation of a nuclear reactor and will cover the full life cycle from construction to operation and through to decommissioning. A standard set of 36 Licence Conditions is attached to each licence that requires Site Licence Companies to implement adequate arrangements to ensure compliance. Prior to a Nuclear Site Licence being granted a Site Licence Company has to demonstrate it is a suitable legal entity that is able to discharge its regulatory obligations.

Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd is a Horizon group company and separate legal entity that will submit the Site Licence Application to the ONR for a Nuclear Site Licence. The Wylfa Board sits beneath the main Horizon Nuclear Power Board and is responsible for Wylfa Newydd, enabling it to fulfil the duties of a Site Licence Company. The main Horizon Nuclear Power Board represents the wider Horizon group and Shareholder(s) interests.

Dr Ken Petrunik

Dr. Ken Petrunik is currently a consultant in nuclear power and project management. He retired from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in January 2015 as Advisor to the CEO – Nuclear Power. From 2009 to 2014, Ken was Chief Programme Officer leading ENEC contracting and oversight of KEPCO for the delivery of four APR 1400 nuclear power plants.

Prior to this, Ken was with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) for 35 years where he his final role was President of the CANDU Reactor Division. There he led the construction and project management of CANDU 6 nuclear power stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China on time and on budget. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an esteemed

group of less than 300 other Canadians elected based on their distinguished service and contribution.

Ken has been a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association. He received a leadership award from the Canadian Nuclear Association for the successful completion of Qinshan in China, and the K. Y. Lo medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for contribution to international engineering.

Bill Doig

In a career spanning 50 years, Bill’s past experience also includes, Director of Special Projects at NNC Limited, Generation Director at British Energy (Generation) UK Limited and Station Director at Torness Power Station for Scottish Nuclear/British Energy.

Prior to this he was Director, Nuclear Business Development at Doosan Babcock for 8 years. There he was responsible for the development and on-going support the UK Nuclear Fleet of AGR/PWR stations in an operational capacity, as well as supporting the decommissioning programme for the Magnox Fleet. As the Nuclear New Build Programme was developed, he assisted in the corporate engagement with potential owners and constructors of these new plants.

Bill is currently a Power and Energy Consultant at Grove Consulting. In this capacity has supported a number of clients, including a role as Director of Projects (Scotland) for an Energy from Waste (EfW) Company where they were constructing new plants and developing Waste Recovery programmes, and advising a Legal Company in the development of their business in the Energy Market customer base.