Letter submitted to the Morning Star: Peter Lazenby’s report on the decision by Japanese nuclear company Hitachi to pull out of building a new nuclear plant on Anglesey was given a ludicrously misleading headline in “Lights ’could go out across Britain’ as Wylfa plan collapse.” (M.Star, 18 January) Had this failed plant been given the go ahead, it would have provided less than 7 % of national electricity supply, which is less than 2 % of delivered energy. Nuclear supporters such as the trades union leaders from Prospect and the GMB quoted should not line-up with the Tory Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, and massively over-inflate the contribution to energy security in the UK of foreign-designed, foreign-funded nuclear power. Clark’s Labour Shadow, Rebecca Long-Bailey should wean herself off cheerleading for new nuclear power, and read some of the excellent articles on real sustainable energy policies written by Labour energy advisor, former Labour left MP Alan Simpson, encouragingly published regularly in the Morning Star. The cancellation of Wylfa Newydd means the secret story of the original Wylfa nuclear plant will now not be repeated. In an interview I conducted on 19 January 1983 with the late Lord Hinton, the first chairman of the CEGB, (barely five months before his death, at which point he was still advising the electricity industry) he said to me “Wylfa is a long and sad story. It ought not have been built at all, but when I suggested this to the Permanent Secretary [at what is now the Department of Energy and Climate Change] he said you have got to build it in order to meet the government programme.” The programme to which Lord Hinton referred was not electricity generation but plutonium production, as became clear in the Sizewell B nuclear plant public inquiry which had just begun when I interviewed Lord Hinton, and ran for 333 days.
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The Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant this week became the latest high-profile project in Wales that could land on the scrap heap. The news has raised questions about why projects are failing to materialise. Experts say it is largely due to bad luck, but add that Wales should learn lessons from projects that never saw the light of day. “There has to be an investigation into the products investors will take on,” said Bangor University’s Edward Jones. While Wylfa Newydd was by far the most expensive, other projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and the Severn Barrage were shelved amid concerns over cost and viability.
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