En­ergy Sec­re­tary set to re­veal Wylfa Newydd re­sult

Bangor Mail - - News - Owen Hughes

DE­CI­SION day is loom­ing for the Wylfa Newydd nu­clear project with hopes a pos­i­tive plan­ning re­sult can help kick­start fund­ing talks on the £12bn nu­clear plant.

Later this month Busi­ness and En­ergy Sec­re­tary An­drea Lead­som is set to an­nounce the de­ci­sion on the De­vel­op­ment Con­sent Or­der to con­struct the power sta­tion on An­gle­sey.

The de­part­ment re­ceived a rec­om­men­da­tion from the Plan­ning In­spec­torate in the sum­mer with a de­ci­sion due within three months.

That an­nounce­ment ex­pected by Oc­to­ber 23.

A pos­i­tive re­sult would pro­vide a wel­come boost to the project which is cur­rently in a state of limbo af­ter it was sus­pended by Hi­tachi in Jan­uary af­ter they failed to reach a fund­ing agree­ment with the UK Govern­ment.

It is hoped that se­cur­ing plan­ning for the site would give the scheme fresh im­pe­tus and help drive through a new deal to fund the scheme with al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for new is now nu­clear projects cur­rently be­ing stud­ied.

Hori­zon Nu­clear Power, Hi­tachi’s ve­hi­cle for the nu­clear scheme, said: “We an­tic­i­pate that the Sec­re­tary for State for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy will an­nounce their de­ci­sion on our De­vel­op­ment Con­sent Or­der by the end of Oc­to­ber of this year.

“The de­ci­sion will be based upon a rec­om­men­da­tion that’s been de­liv­ered by the Plan­ning In­spec­torate fol­low­ing a rig­or­ous and in­de­pen­dent process that lasted al­most two years.

“The de­ci­sion will heav­ily in­flu­ence how the Wylfa Newydd project pro­gresses.

“Whilst the project re­mains in sus­pen­sion, a pos­i­tive de­ci­sion to grant our DCO would en­able us to un­der­stand the con­di­tions placed upon the project should the cor­rect con­di­tions for a restart be met.”

Ynys Mon MP Al­bert Owen says a pos­i­tive re­sult would give a boost to the whole scheme, al­though fund­ing re­mained key.

Mr Owen, who is also a mem­ber of the Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy com­mit­tee, said: “This is an im­por­tant junc­ture for the project – a pos­i­tive out­come makes this project eas­ier to sell.”

BEIS has been asked to com­ment.

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