North West Wales

Latest Wylfa 'B' plans for Anglesey go on show

Image of how new station would look
Image caption The plans for a new station at Wylfa have gone on show

The company behind a proposal for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey is to unveil its latest plans in a series of public events.

Horizon Nuclear Power is developing options for two to three new reactors next to the existing Magnox station.

The reactors would be capable of producing three times as much electricity as the current plant and would be in generation by around 2020.

The existing Wylfa station is due to be decommissioned in 2012.

According to the company, about 5,000 construction jobs would be created while the plant is built, and between 800 and 1,000 people would be employed in the station.

Alan Smith, head of site development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said things had moved on since the last public exhibitions.

"We've been developing our understanding of the project," he said.

"We can now talk in a little more detail about the power station and the infrastructure needed, and what it might mean for local people," he added.

It was important to give people the chance to ask questions and air their views, he said.

"I'm looking forward to meeting as many people as possible," he added.

"Local understanding is vital for a successful project, and to maximise the economic benefits to Anglesey."

The exhibitions will include information about traffic and transportation, skills and training and where the workforce might be drawn from and live.

As well as the Horizon team, the National Grid will also be present to explain its role in connecting electricity to the national electricity transmission system.

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