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New era for North Wales’ low carbon economy to begin as another ends

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

As the Wylfa power station is switched off, the Economy Minister, Edwina Hart has highlighted the opportunities for North Wales as it is set to become a leading centre of excellence for nuclear delivery in the UK.
Wednesday 30 December 2015

The decommissioning of Wylfa and construction and future delivery of Wylfa Newydd will provide opportunities for Welsh businesses and employment in the local area.

Wylfa Newydd, proposed on a site next to the existing Wylfa power station, is expected to employ some 8,500 people during the peak of the construction period. The operational workforce will then number nearly 1000 for the 60+ years of the power station’s life.

Mrs Hart said:

“Wylfa has played a major role in the economy of Anglesey for more than forty years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who have worked there and for the important contribution they have made. Wylfa has safely produced over 232 TWh of low carbon electricity since it started generating in 1971 – which has averted the production of over 200 million tons of greenhouse gases, making a significant contribution to Wales’ low carbon economy.

Today’s shutdown and subsequent reduction in staff numbers has been known about for a number of years and the Welsh Government has been working in partnership with Magnox, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the local authority to prepare for this. I have established the Magnox Task Force to ensure we retain the highly skilled workforce in North West Wales for the opportunities that lie ahead.

While today marks the end of one era it is also the start of new one for the island and the wider North Wales economy. Wylfa Newydd will present significant new employment and supply chain opportunities. With the infrastructure, highly skilled workforce and the Enterprise Zone already in place Anglesey is in an excellent position to take advantage.

I look forward to continue working with partners in the private and public sector to deliver a long-term sustainable, low carbon economy for Anglesey and Wales.”



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Business and economy 30 December 2015 Economy Programme for Government - Growth North Wales

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