Posted: Mon 4th Apr 2022

Updated: Mon 4th Apr

Signs of new nuclear power station coming to Anglesey ‘very positive’, says island’s MP

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 4th, 2022

The chances of a new nuclear power station being created on Anglesey are “very positive”, the island’s MP has said.

It follows reports from The Telegraph yesterday that Ynys Môn is the front-runner within the UK Government for a major nuclear facility, quoting support from Welsh Secretary Simon Hart.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously confirmed discussions were being held about the possibility during a visit in January.

If it goes ahead, it’s understood the station would be built on the site of the former Wyfla nuclear plant, near Amlwch, which is currently being decommissioned after its closure at the end of 2015.

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has done little to quell the suggestion that Anglesey will be announced as the preferred location later this week.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Conservative MP said: “I’m not one to count my chickens but the mood music around a new nuclear power station at Wylfa remains very positive today.

“I am certainly looking forward to the Prime Minister’s announcement this week.

“Until then, I am still ringing telephones and banging on doors making sure that this golden opportunity for our island is landed and the case for nuclear power is made.

“I will keep pushing through my work as the Chair of the Nuclear Delivery Group and through the contacts I have made with nuclear players like Westinghouse and Bechtel, both of whom have already been to the island to visit with me.

“The greenlight would mean jobs and investment for our island and a secure future for our young people right here where they were born.

“When I was elected, I said these were my priorities after decades of underinvestment on Ynys Môn and I would be delighted to see it happen.

“But more important than that, the UK needs energy security and clean energy in the decades to come. The Energy Isle can help deliver it.”

 



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