Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

16 Sep 2020

Hitachi to End Business Operations on the UK Nuclear Power Stations Construction Project

Hitachi announced today that it is withdrawing from development of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey. Operations through Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd, owned by Hitachi, had already been suspended in January 2019.

Chief Executive, Horizon, Duncan Hawthorne said:

“I understand this announcement will be disappointing for our many supporters who had hoped to see our project through to completion and I would personally like to thank you for your support throughout our time on this project.

In particular I would like to thank our lead host community of Anglesey in Wales, represented by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Welsh Government, and the key representatives around Oldbury.
I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the many international, UK and Welsh stakeholders who have supported us in the development of our projects.
Nuclear power has a critical role to play in helping tackle our energy needs, meeting our climate change targets and levelling up the economy through green growth and job creation."

The NSSG helped to co-ordinate transfers of staff at the time of the suspension last year, with a particular focus on apprentices moving to EDF Energy and elsewhere.

The NSSG will continue to work with partners to address skills issues arising from any developments around Wylfa Newydd, and through the Nuclear Sector Deal, continue to explore the people benefits that could be achieved through an enhanced role for nuclear in a net zero carbon future.