Anglesey’s economic development chief has reiterated the authority’s support for a new nuclear development but remains adamant that a secure funding model must first be found. A senior UK Government official confirmed at a recent meeting of Westminster’s Welsh Affairs Committee that initial discussions have taken place with consortia interested in building another nuclear plant at Wylfa. Hitachi’s Wylfa Newydd development was scrapped last year after failing to reach a funding deal with the UK Government on the multi-billion pound construction and start-up costs of such a plant. Despite claims that islanders “have had their hopes raised and dashed time and time again,” US firm Westinghouse’s description of the island as a “perfect location” for a new nuclear build has also seen engineering partner Bechtel confirm “exploratory” talks regarding a proposal. Talks have also taken place with UK firm Shearwater Energy, looking at hybrid plans for small nuclear reactors and a wind farm. But while nuclear has its opponents even locally – with a strong lobby against any new development – there has also been much support on an island still reeling from a series of economic blows including the shut down of the previous Magnox plant which provided hundreds of well-paid jobs.
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