Government’s nuclear plans in tatters after reports say Welsh plant may be axed. Hitachi to decided next week on Anglesey nuclear development. The government’s plans for the nuclear sector are under fresh scrutiny after another Japanese firm said it was looking at pulling the plug on a UK scheme. Plans for the £14bn Wylfa Newydd (pictured) nuclear power plant in north Wales are up in the air, with Japanese media reporting Hitachi is considering scrapping the deal because of soaring costs. According to Japan’s TV network Asahi, the Wylfa Newydd scheme may be scrapped with the project expected to be discussed at a board meeting of the Japanese firm next Tuesday.
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Reports in Japan have raised questions over the future of the £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey with claims that the project’s main backer Hitachi could be set to back out. In a second major blow to the North West’s new nuclear programme, after fellow Japanese company Toshiba pulled out of Moorside in Cumbria, reports in the Japanese press claim Hitachi is set to scrap its investment in Wylfa Newydd. Negotiations between the UK Government and Hitachi are still ongoing and business secretary Greg Clark signalled his backing for the proposals in June this year. Since then, Hitachi has moved the project forward after the Planning Inspectorate backed Hitachi’s development consent order, which would allow construction to begin. In August, global construction and engineering firm Bechtel was named as project manager for the £20bn scheme, which is expected to require 9,000 workers on site during peak construction in 2023. Under the current plans, the plant will be built by 2027 and will provide 2.9GW of energy using two reactors, the design of which was approved by authorities in late 2017.
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