The proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey has been given fresh hope after energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan told stakeholders that the government is in discussion with “a number of potential developers”. Trevelyan told a meeting of stakeholders that Wylfa is “a great site”. She added: “We have regular discussions with a number of potential developers and investors and that will continue because we are absolutely committed to having at least one more large-scale nuclear plant.” In November, NCE reported that a Bechtel-led consortium was in talks with the government about delivering a nuclear power plant on the site after Horizon Nuclear Power’s parent company Hitachi announced that it was pulling out of the project. Following this, Horizon officially withdrew its planning application for the proposed power station in January. The government has, however, said it is still very “keen” to find a developer for the Wylfa site. Trevelyan also emphasised the importance of nuclear energy. “Nuclear is an absolutely central part of what our energy mix will have over the next 50 years plus,” she said. “And Wylfa remains one of the best potential sites for those technologies, in large part not only because of the geology and geography, but because you have this really passionate and involved community who understand the value of what that brings.” Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie said the meeting was “positive”, adding that it “updated” stakeholders on the government’s thinking and, “crucially, its continuing commitment to new nuclear on Anglesey”.
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