HITACHI has announced today that it will be terminating its involvement in UK nuclear projects at Wylfa and Oldbury.
Reacting to the news, Trade Unionists for Safe Nuclear Energy issued this statement:
“The announcement from Hitachi today is deeply disappointing news to the community of Anglesey, who have been nothing but incredibly supportive of the project for over 10 years.
“We’re calling on the Government to work with industry to find a way of moving forward with this site as soon as possible, and save the tens of thousands of skilled jobs Wylfa Newydd would have created in North Wales and across the UK supply chain.
“Nuclear Power remains a proven way to generate reliable, clean electricity, while also creating good, highly skilled, green jobs.”
Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, said:
“This is a devastating blow to the people of Ynys Môn, whose unwavering support for this project has been commendable.
“Despite significant recent progress by Horizon Nuclear Power and the UK Government on making this development a reality, it is unfortunate that Hitachi has taken a commercial decision to pull out.
“This is by no means the end for the Wylfa, and we urge the Government to work with Horizon to find another suitable partner to develop the site as quickly as possible, and we look forward with anticipation for a firm commitment to new nuclear in the impending Energy White Paper to cut emissions and create jobs.”
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