A new attempt to resurrect the £16bn Wylfa nuclear project on Anglesey has been made by a US consortium. American energy giant Westinghouse has expressed interest in the project and more details have now come to light. It comes after the withdrawal of Hitachi from the development. Now the Financial Times has reported that the interest is from a joint venture involving Westinghouse, Southern Company, an electricity utility, and US engineering group Bechtel. Horizon Nuclear Power had previously appointed Bechtel as project management contractor for the scheme before Hitachi withdrew funding. Westinghouse were beaten by Hitachi in a bidding war for the Wylfa site in 2012. Its AP1000 nuclear power plant design has successfully completed review by UK regulators.
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A leading American engineering firm has said Wylfa is considered by many as “the best site in the UK” to build a large new nuclear power plant. Bechtel has been reported to be leading a consortium of companies in a bid to restart the project on Anglesey. It comes after Japanese firm Hitachi pulled the plug on the £20bn Wylfa Newydd scheme in September. But while Bechtel has not confirmed the move it has confirmed being involved in Wylfa Newydd from the start. Critics have argued nuclear energy is expensive, dangerous and has a legacy of waste lasting generations. They want to see greener solutions such as wind and marine energy. But Bechtel told BBC News Wales: “We remain committed to working with our partners in the UK and abroad to deliver the best clean energy solutions to power millions of homes.
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A group of US companies has reportedly approached the government about taking over the development of a nuclear power plant at Wylfa in north Wales. Engineering giant Bechtel will lead the consortium, and will be joined by utility firm Southern and nuclear engineers Westinghouse.
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Tom Greatrex, chair of the UK Nuclear Industries Association, a trade body, told the Financial Times that it was “entirely unsurprising that a site as good as Wylfa — with Welsh government support, closely linked to the north west supply chain and with strong local community backing — is of interest to potential developers”. The Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said in September that he would be holding conversations with “other interested investors” over the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant site after Hitachi officially confirmed their withdrawal.
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A consortium led by Bechtel is reportedly in talks with the government about acquiring the Wylfa Newydd site on Anglesey earmarked for nuclear development. Plans for a £20bn nuclear plant were recently scrapped by developer Horizon after 18 months of talks with government about a funding mechanism eventually fizzled out. The site is however still safeguarded and the project could theoretically be restarted by a third party. Led by the Bechtel, the consortium includes Southern Company, an electricity utility, and Westinghouse, a nuclear engineering company.
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