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Essex plant appoints nuclear heavyweight as work ramps up

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Global clean energy company CGN has appointed Horizon Nuclear Power’s former chief operating officer Alan Raymant as chief executive for its Bradwell B nuclear power station project in Essex.

Before he joined Horizon, the company managing the construction of the £15bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey, Raymant spent more than a decade working both at Powergen and E.On.

His arrival at CGN comes after a dome lift at a Chinese nuclear plant earlier this year paved the way for the construction of the nuclear reactor at Bradwell B.

The installation of the 260-ton dome at Unit 3 of the Fangchenggang plant in Guangxi Province was a major milestone for the Bradwell project, which will use the same HPR1000 nuclear technology.

Speaking of Raymant, CGN UK chief executive Zheng Dongshan said: “He will play a highly significant role in driving forward the Bradwell B new nuclear power station.

“The project is of great importance to CGN, since it will involve us in delivering our advanced HPR1000 technology under the robust and world-leading regulatory regime that exists in the UK.

“It is also of major value to this country, since the Bradwell B project will meet a significant part of the nation’s energy needs securely, cleanly and safely.”

Raymant added: “The need for the reliable, low carbon, energy that nuclear provides continues to grow strongly. Bradwell B will be a major part of Britain’s energy future, powering the national, regional and local economy for many years to come.”

Development of UK HPR1000 at Bradwell B will follow on from development of the new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.

News of Raymant’s appointment has come after EDF Energy, which is responsible for building the new nuclear power plant in Somerset along with CGN, encouraged firms to bid for the deals ahead of plans for two nuclear power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.

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