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In January, developers behind Wylfa Newydd officially cancelled the project, despite saying they had held “positive and encouraging” talks with multiple parties that had expressed an interest in moving ahead with new reactors at the site.
Japan’s Hitachi has told staff it was shutting its Horizon subsidiary, which was to build two UK advanced boiling water reactor (UK ABWR) units at Wylfa. The cost of the project had been put at about £20bn.
Horizon announced on Thursday it had officially withdrawn its application for planning permission for the construction and operation of the station and associated infrastructure.
In a letter to the planning inspectorate, Horizon chief executive officer Duncan Hawthorne said discussions with multiple parties “have not, unfortunately, led to any definitive proposal that would have allowed the transfer of the sites to some new development entity willing to replace Hitachi Ltd”.
Hitachi announced the suspension of the project in January 2019 and its intent to withdraw entirely in September 2020.
The UK has two EPR units under construction at Hinkley Point C – the only commercial nuclear plants being built in the country. Sizewell C is the only new-build project in the UK for which planning permission is being sought.
Three projects – Wylfa, Moorside and Oldbury – have either been cancelled or shelved, largely because of financing problems, while Bradwell remains in the early technical stages.
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