Horizon Nuclear Power will press on with activities to secure planning permission for Wylfa Newydd despite putting the project on hold last month. Parent company Hitachi dealt an economic blow to the island on January 17 when they announced they would halt work on the nuclear plant. In a move that gives some hope to plans to eventually revive the £12bn scheme Horizon has confirmed it will finish activities related to the examination of its main planning permission, the Development Consent Order (DCO). The decision, which comes after consultation with the Planning Inspectorate and key local and national stakeholders, is intended to support a timely restart of the project, should other crucial conditions around the need for a new funding and financing model be met. Anthony Webb, executive director, Safety, Licensing & Quality, at Horizon, said: “Completing this phase of the DCO does not change the overall decision to suspend wider activities but it will help give the best chance of a restart for the project at Wylfa Newydd, which remains the premier nuclear new build site in the UK.
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