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Wylfa nuclear developer seeks planning green light despite pause

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Horizon Nuclear Power is still seeking the go ahead for its £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, despite pausing work on the site last month.  

A Horizon spokesperson told New Civil Engineer that the company intends to finish the project development consent order (DCO) application hoping that the £20bn project on Anglesey is saved.    

That is despite work on the project being “suspended“ by parent company Hitachi on the 17 January, due to “financial concerns”.   

Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government is now working on a new financing model in an attempt to persuade Hitachi to reconsider its decision to freeze work on the project. 

The DCO examination phase is scheduled to end on 23 April, giving the UK Government just over two months to come up with a deal.    

Horizon executive director, safety, licensing and quality Anthony Webb said completing DCO application process does not directly affect the suspension of work but will help restart the project if it is resumed under a new financial model.

“Completing this phase of the DCO does not change the overall decision to suspend wider activities, but it will help give the best chance of a restart for the project at Wylfa Newydd, which remains the premier nuclear new build site in the UK,” he said.

“We’d like to thank all our stakeholders for their strong support of Wylfa Newydd, including the conclusion of the DCO activities.” 

The decision to carry on with the DCO application comes after consultation with the Planning Inspectorate and key local and national stakeholders.  

The project has already been through three rounds of public consultation and two rounds of public hearings, with the third and final public hearing scheduled for the first week of March.  

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