Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Albert Owen MP

Representation

I am completing this DCO as the Member of Parliament for Ynys Mon, but also as a local resident and individual.
I support the principle of successive UK Government’s policies in recent years to ensure energy supply is secure, affordable and environmentally considerate-dubbed the ' Energy Trilemma' and the role new nuclear can play.
Therefore I support the development by Horizon Nuclear Power of Wylfa Newydd and its important role in establishing a low carbon economy locally and nationally.
Wylfa Newydd, like its predecessor Wylfa A, brings mass employment and learning opportunities to the local community and beyond. Major infrastructure projects such as this have the ability to transform the livelihoods of communities they are situated in; they provide skilled opportunities for generations of locals and allows Anglesey to retain its talented workforce. Current projections envisage over 4,000 workers will be required during the construction period 9,000 during its peak. Aside from these initial workers there will be the local, regional and U.K. companies involved in the important supply chain.
In addition Wylfa Newydd will demand up to 850 permanent jobs over the operational lifetime, which will likely last 60 years. These are 'jobs for life' and few other industrial sectors can say this and there is real evidence of this with Wylfa A, when those who started as apprentices completed their working life and the plant and or in the nuclear industry. This has a positive impact on the local culture and Welsh language as local people have the opportunity to live, work and remain in their local community on good wages. I have spoken to local apprentices already employed by Horizon who are excited by the long term opportunities the project offers them and future young people from the local communities.
The forecasted economic benefits to the Welsh economy of Wylfa Newydd are sizeable, with an expected contribution to Gross Value Added of £2.4 billion over planning, (already underway), building, operations and maintenance of the project up to 2033.
Links with the local colleges, schools and university is vital to provide the necessary skills required. The local authority, Welsh and UK Governments along Horizon must continue to work with these local skill providers and take action for businesses to engage with the sector and project. Preparation is pivotal for Anglesey, North Wales to make the most out the prospects that Wylfa Newydd offers.
Finally, the UK Government launched its Nuclear Sector Deal in North West Wales because of the potential the area offers the sector. Wylfa Newydd is key to the development of not just the nuclear sector but in the creation of a low carbon centre of excellence and he benefits this will provide future generations. I have concentrated on the economic benefits only due to the restrictions of words.