‘Real enthusiasm’ for new nuclear power station on Anglesey, UK government says Simon Hart responded to question from island MP about potential for revived Wylfa project. There is “real enthusiasm” for a new nuclear plant on Anglesey, according to the Secretary of State for Wales. Simon Hart claimed that Wylfa Newydd would “tick all the boxes” in terms of economic recovery in North Wales. Hoped to be completed by the middle of the 2020s, the £12bn project was shelved in January 2019 after the Japanese tech giant failed to reach a funding deal with the UK government under Theresa May. But with the local authority having consistently championed the economic benefits of such a development, which was cited to provide around 6% of the UK’s electricity and create 8,500 jobs during construction and another 850 over its 60-year operational lifespan, hopes remain it could be revived if a new funding arrangement is struck. During a meeting of the Welsh Affairs Committee on Tuesday, the Secretary of State appeared to bolster such hopes by describing Wylfa Newydd as “being intended to have a happy ending,” while also conceding that project of its size was bound to be fraught with difficulty. “We held a meeting recently with Horizon, and colleagues in BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and this process is proceeding with the intention of it having a happy ending. “That’s as far as I can go for now but there are very few people that think its a fundamentally bad idea, but that doesn’t mean that getting to the finish line isn’t fraught with difficulty with a project of this magnitude.” Described as a kick-starter to resuming the project, in September the UK Government is expected to make a decision on vital planning permission, known as a Development Consent Order, to construct the power station.
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