Nuclear Industry Association responds to Hitachi’s decision to withdraw from Wylfa Newydd project
16 September 2020
Hitachi has announced today that it will be terminating its involvement in UK nuclear projects at Wylfa and Oldbury. Reacting to the news, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“Today’s announcement is disappointing news which nevertheless underscores the urgent need for progress on new nuclear projects in the UK if net zero carbon emissions is to become a reality.
“It is welcome news that Hitachi and Horizon will co-ordinate with the UK government and other relevant organisations over the handling of sites and possible future options. Wylfa is probably the best site in the UK for new nuclear capacity, and has strong community and stakeholders support on Ynys Mon. It is imperative that a way forward is found for the site, to deliver thousands of jobs, hundreds of apprenticeships and millions of pounds of investment into an economic boost for the area while delivering secure, reliable and low carbon power to underpin the UK’s transition to net zero.
“The nuclear industry has a bright future in this country: investing in emissions free, reliable and secure nuclear power will cut emissions and create the skilled, long-term jobs we need for a green recovery. No electricity generation source has saved as much carbon as nuclear power has, while generating skilled, stable and long term employment.
“The Government can secure these economic and environmental opportunities for future generations by setting out a clear pathway for new nuclear power in forthcoming policy announcements.”