Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From CBI Wales

Representation

The CBI is the UK's premier business organisation, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers. Our purpose is to help business create a more prosperous society. In Wales we are the leading business organisation engaging with the Welsh, UK and local governments to drive growth and prosperity to all parts of Wales.

Secure, affordable and sustainable energy supplies are critical to households and businesses across the country, underpinning the UK’s economic health and prosperity and providing the foundations of a modern industrial strategy. In 2016, the energy sector created £24 billion in GVA, and delivered £88 billion in economic activity through its supply chains – purchasing goods such as aluminium for transmission lines, and services ranging from construction to cost-saving technologies. The value of investments made by the UK energy sector in 2016 was £11.9 billion, meaning that almost £1 in every £16 invested in the UK was in the energy sector.

The energy sector has an important presence across all regions of the UK. The sector directly employs around 148,000 workers and supports a further 582,000 through supply chain, consulting and other energy related activities. This means that the energy sector supports around 1 in 48 jobs across the UK – and these jobs are not just in London.

Nuclear power has a key role to play, along with renewables, in tackling the large scale energy challenge the UK faces. Experience from several countries has shown nuclear power is a proven pathway to delivering decarbonisation at a national level. This is borne out in the UK, where nuclear currently provides 45% of the UK’s low carbon power and, together with renewables, ensures that around 50% of the country’s electricity is clean and sustainable.

With continued support from the UK and Welsh governments nuclear has a strong role to play in delivering clean, stable power for generations to come. Wylfa Newydd specific benefits:

1. Jobs – construction & operations:
2. Apprenticeships & skills:
3. Supply chain opportunities – construction & operations
4. Local investment – infrastructure, community, education etc.
5. Welsh language & culture, retention of local youngsters on the island, attracting back Anglesey natives to the island
6. Potential for North Wales to be a nuclear hub/centre of excellence

With a total cost of £16bn and a capacity of 3GW in addition to significantly helping to meet our energy needs, this project is expected to create 4,000 jobs during the construction phase, rising as high as 9,000 at the peak of the project, on top of the 850 permanent staff members who will be required to run the plant once operational.