Bangor Mail

US interest in Wylfa project is welcomed


ANGLESEY’S economic chief has welcomed reports that a US engineerin­g firm is leading a bid to restart the island’s nuclear programme.

Noting that he was “cautiously optimistic,” Cllr Carwyn Jones made the remarks in response to reports in the Financial Times on a joint venture by Westinghou­se, Southern Company, and Bechtel in reviving the Wylfa Newydd project.

Slated to create around 1,000 permanent jobs, 2019 saw Hitachi freeze its proposal to build a nuclear power plant near Cemaes before pulling the plug completely this past September.

Cllr Carwyn Jones, who holds the council’s economic developmen­t portfolio, said that the latest reports represente­d “positive news.”

He added: “I’m pleased that there is interest from the US and that the consortium are holding talks with the UK Government.

“If these talks remain positive, this could provide a credible means of reviving the Wylfa Newydd project to generate economic and environmen­tal benefits.”

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