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Hitachi meets PM for Wylfa nuclear plant funding

Wylfa Newydd Nuclear power station 3to2

Hitachi’s chairman is meeting prime minister Theresa May today, as he seeks government funding for its proposed nuclear plant in Anglesey.

Hiroaki Nakanishi wants government support for Hitachi’s Horizon venture.

The firm has already spent £2bn on Horizon, which includes developing a nuclear power station at Wylfa.

The 2.9 gigawatt power station is due to start generating electricity in the mid-2020s.

A Horizon spokesperson said: “Given the size of the investment and the nature of the project, these discussions are complex. We will not be commenting until they have reached a conclusion.”

The developers behind Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant have put forward proposals to clear around 121ha at the Welsh site

Last month, National Grid called for contractors to express interest in works on a pipeline of major cable tunnel projects including a £100M tunnel under the Menai Strait which will serve the Wylfa site.

The project pipeline includes the 4km Menai Tunnel, which was described as one of the most significant civil engineering projects in Wales, to connect the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station to the main grid. Construction of the tunnel is expected to take five years.

HNP confirmed last year that Menter Newydd, a joint venture of US giant Bechtel, Japanese firm JGC Corporation and Hitachi Nuclear Energy, is to deliver the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

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