Anglesey has a vital opportunity to highlight its aspirations and concerns for new nuclear build during a visit to Japan.
As host authority for Wylfa Newydd, the County Council’s priority is to ensure the best possible outcomes for its communities and residents.
Major Projects and Economic Development portfolio holder, Councillor Carwyn Jones, and Head of Regulation and Economic Development, Dylan Williams, will be part of a Welsh delegation, which heads out to Japan on Saturday.
The five day visit will also serve as a key opportunity to improve knowledge, understanding and strengthen working relationships with Horizon Nuclear Power, developer and operator of the proposed new power station, and its owners, Hitachi.
Cllr Carwyn Jones explained, “The Wylfa Newydd project is worth in excess of £13bn and must work for everyone if we are to see the economic benefits for the communities in North Anglesey, the wider Island and North Wales region.”
“This visit will bring us face to face with senior Hitachi executives, and I’ll be making sure that the Island’s voice is heard. We’ll be pressing home key issues, such as developing local skills, employment and supply chain opportunities.”
“It’s also an opportunity to highlight the likely impacts of construction. These must be managed and mitigated effectively; and the aspirations and concerns of residents, businesses and communities must also be met.”
He added, “We remain committed to the Wylfa Newydd project, but ‘not at any cost’. Our first priority must be to deliver the best possible outcomes for Anglesey and North Wales. This will be my main message.”
The delegation, which includes Welsh Government representatives, was invited by Horizon Nuclear Power and Hitachi.
The itinerary will include tours of key nuclear manufacturing facilities, as well as a visit to an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor site to see the same kind of technology that will be constructed at Wylfa Newydd.
As Head of Regulation and Economic Development, Dylan Williams, has lead responsibility for Wylfa Newydd on behalf of the County Council.
He added, “We’re grateful to Horizon and Hitachi for arranging a detailed and full programme during our time in Japan. We will visit a number of key nuclear manufacturing installations, learn more about manufacturing and safety aspects, and visit a ABWR site, which uses the same technology proposed for Wylfa Newydd. The visit will provide a unique insight into the nuclear build process.”
He added, “Strengthening relationships within Hitachi’s nuclear industry will be key in helping us put forward a strong case for Anglesey and North Wales.”
Notes to Editors:
All travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the Regulation and Economic Development Service’s budget (which includes the Energy Island Programme). Flights were booked at the cheapest available rates (economy class). Horizon will meet the accommodation costs for the County Council representatives.