Clarification on status of transboundary environmental consultation on proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant following Horizon Nuclear announcement last week. Horizon Nuclear Power (the applicant for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant) announced last week that it was suspending its UK nuclear new build programme, including plans for the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant in Wales, which is the subject of a current transboundary environmental consultation between Ireland and the UK, due to close this Friday 25 January 2019 (close of business) The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has received confirmation from the UK Planning Inspectorate that the development consent application (planning application) for the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant has not been withdrawn by the applicant (Horizon Nuclear Power) and accordingly the UK Planning Inspectorate is continuing with its assessment of the development consent application for the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant as normal. As a result, Ireland is continuing with the transboundary environmental consultation under the EIA Directive and the Espoo Convention in relation to the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant and the closing date for submissions to this planning authority remains as this Friday 25 January 2019 (close of business).
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Hundreds of jobs are to go at a Gloucester-based company after its projects for nuclear power stations in Wales and South Gloucestershire were suspended by its Japanese parent firm. Last week Gloucestershire Live reported that the jobs were at risk because of wrangling over funding for the plans. But now Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed that nearly all its 380 staff will be sacked. Horizon Nuclear Power’s team were working on well-advanced plans for a new reactor at Wylfa on Anglesey while also drawing up proposals for another power station at Oldbury-on-Severn.
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A proposed nuclear plant in Wales can only be saved if Britain nationalises it, according to the Japanese developer that has suspended work on the £15 billion-plus project. Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of Hitachi, said nationalisation was “the only path” to resuming the development of the Wylfa project on Anglesey as private companies were unwilling to invest. The case for new nuclear plants has been made tougher by the plunging cost of renewable energy sources such as offshore wind turbines, which now require lower subsidies than nuclear and are also quicker and easier to build. Greg Clark, the energy secretary, ruled out nationalisation last week. “I was not prepared to ask the taxpayer to take on a larger share of the equity, as that would have meant taxpayers taking on the majority of construction risk and the government becoming the largest shareholder with responsibility for the delivery of a nuclear project,” he said. The government is reviewing alternative ways of funding other proposed nuclear projects.
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