U.K. reportedly in talks with Westinghouse over nuclear new-build in Wales

September 28, 2021, 9:30AMNuclear News

In late January, after plans were scrapped for Wylfa Newydd—the Hitachi-led project to build two ABWR units at the site of the decommissioned Wylfa reactors on the Welsh island of Anglesey—the British government stated, “Wylfa remains an important site for potential new projects, and the U.K. government will continue to explore future opportunities for it.”

It now looks as though the government may have actually meant it: On September 24, The Times reported that the government is in talks with Westinghouse Electric Company regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Anglesey.

“We are seeking to approve at least one more large-scale nuclear project this Parliament in order to strengthen our energy security and create thousands of jobs across the country,” a government spokesperson told the newspaper, according to a same-day Reuters story on The Times’ piece (The Times is subscription based). “We recognize how important it is that we can manufacture fuel in Wales and the wider U.K. and maintain a skilled workforce in the sector.”

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