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Horizon fends off RWE nuclear pull-out rumours

Nuclear new-build consortium Horizon has said work is ongoing despite rumours that one of its parent companies, German energy giant RWE, is due to pull out of the Horizon consortium.

Media reports have indicated that RWE is undergoing a major review which will include its role in Horizon Nuclear Power. RWE owns a 50% stake in Horizon with fellow German energy firm Eon.

But a Horizon spokesman said that contrary to the “speculation”, the firm is “ramping up” its work for its proposed nuclear power station site at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey, with a technology decision due before the end of the year. “We should be judged on our actions,” said the Horizon spokesman. “Only last week [RWE] said we are spending almost £1M per week on the joint venture.” RWE declined to comment.

Nuclear reactor vendor Westinghouse is currently competing against French rival Areva to be selected by Horizon for its site in Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.

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