Ten weeks of consultation have begun, the first major step in the planning process for the development of two ABWRs at the Wylfa site in north Wales, UK.

The consultation will cover all aspects of Horizon’s proposals, taking in everything from construction to transport to how it might affect the Welsh language and the economy of the region. People will have the chance to input their views at public exhibitions and drop-in events across the island and North-West Wales, as well as through a dedicated website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation.
The power station, which is proposed to begin generation in the first half of the 2020s.

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, said: "We are really keen that everyone gets involved in our consultation and lets us know what they think of our proposals. Between now and early December we’ll be out and about talking to people across the region and this feedback will help us develop our plans further."

Earlier in the month, he said: "Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely."

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012. The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.

The public consultation, known as the Pre-Application Consultation, forms part of Horizon’s planning application for the power station under the Development Consent Order process which is in place for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

Photograph: Wylfa site with planned ABWRs at right and existing Magnox unit at top left.