Nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd to be examined by committee

THE Welsh Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session hearing the latest on a new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey, following the failure of the Horizon scheme.

On Thursday, September 23, MPs will examine the support needed by the sector to develop new power stations and the likelihood of a new developer delivering a nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd.

The committee will consider the current nuclear situation in Wales and the UK and the role of nuclear in the future energy mix.

Across four panels, the committee will consider the state of the nuclear sector with industry experts, hear from prospective developers, and end the session hearing from the lead policy expert at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how nuclear fits with the UK Government’s green agenda.

In May, following an online meeting organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie, then-energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the UK Government remained committed to new nuclear investment at Wylfa Newydd, and that her department was continuing to talk to potential developers. 

Witnesses from 9.30am:

• Tom Greatrex, chief executive of Nuclear Industry Association

• Dr Paul Howarth, chief executive of the National Nuclear Laboratory

• Professor Laurence Williams OBE, Sêr Cymru professor of nuclear policy and regulation at Bangor University

Witnesses from 10.15am:

• Barbara Rusinko, [resident of the nuclear, security and environment division at Bechtel.

• Ivan Baldwin, business development director at Bechtel.

• David Durham, president of energy systems at Westinghouse.

• Lindsay Roche, director of government affairs at Westinghouse UK.

Witnesses from 10.45am:

• Simon Forster, director of Shearwater.

Witnesses from 11.15am:

• Declan Burke, director of nuclear projects and development at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey