Committee examines economic impact of halt to development of Wylfa Newydd

Welsh Affairs Select Committee

 

On Tuesday 12 February in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House the Welsh Affairs Select Committee met to discuss Wylfa Newydd.  If you would like to watch the evidence session – here is the link.

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/4cb3ccb1-6b9d-49f3-b158-30a91009b5e3

Following the halt of the development of Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Anglesey announced in January, the Welsh Affairs Committee took evidence from the Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, the Secretary of State for Wales and a BEIS Minister on the implications for the local economy.

Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd, owned by Japanese company Hitachi, had been planning to build two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors close to the site of the old Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey. Work was due to be completed by the mid-2020s and was expected to create 850 permanent jobs on the site, plus an estimated 8,000 jobs during the construction phase. On 17 January 2019 Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme, including work on Wylfa Newydd.

The Welsh Affairs Committee held an evidence session examining how the suspension of the Wylfa Newydd development will affect the local economy and communities. In this first panel, the Committee questioned Horizon’s Director of Nuclear Operations, Gwen Parry-Jones, on the decision to suspend work, its anticipated effect on the economy and next steps for the site on Anglesey. In the second panel, the Committee questioned the Secretary of State for Wales Rt. Hon.  Alun Cairns MP and BEIS Minister Richard Harrington MP on how the suspension of work on Wylfa Newydd might affect other plans for the nuclear sector in North Wales and on Government support for those affected by the decision.

Following this session, the Committee plans to meet with the Welsh government and local stakeholders to ensure the full impact of the decision is taken into consideration.

 

Witnesses  

Panel 1

  • Gwen Parry-Jones, Director of Nuclear Operations, Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd

 

Panel 2

  • Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
  • Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy