Horizon sets up new joint venture for UK’s new Wylfa NPP

30 May 2016

Horizon Nuclear Power, formed in 2009 to develop new NPPs in the UK, has appointed Menter Newydd, a specially created joint venture, to build the Wylfa Newydd NPP in north Wales. Menter Newydd, meaning New Venture in Welsh, is a joint venture between Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe Ltd, Bechtel Management Company Ltd and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd. The venture will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power. Horizon said that the Menter Newydd partners have been involved in the delivery of more than 170 nuclear power reactors, as well as infrastructure projects. Horizon was acquired by Hitachi in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MWe of new nuclear at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and at Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire, England. The technology to be used will be Hitachi-GE's UK advanced boiling water reactors (UK ABWRs). Horizon said on 25 May that site development work is continuing to advance at Wylfa Newydd and the UK ABWR remains on track to complete its regulatory generic design assessment by the end of 2017. Horizon has recently completed a further stage of public consultation in North Wales and has launched its apprenticeship scheme.

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