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Glyndŵr University welcomes nuclear plans

5 November 2012

University leaders have welcomed the resumption of £8bn plans to replace the Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Last week Hitachi reached a deal to buy Horizon Nuclear Power, the company behind the scheme to replace Wylfa’s Magnox reactor.

The company said it was looking forward to resuming the plans at the ‘earliest opportunity’ following the announcement.

Glyndŵr University in Wrexham has been closely involved with supporting the development of nuclear skills in the region.

Professor Richard Day, the university’s head of engineering, said the news was a significant boost for North Wales.

He added: “We are extremely pleased to see that the plans will now move forward once more. The project is hugely important to the region and will bring an influx of jobs and investment which will have benefits for years to come.

“Working alongside our partners at Coleg Menai we are helping to ensure the industry is supplied with graduates ready to apply their skills and experience and hit the ground running as nuclear energy professionals.”

Earlier this year the university was officially recognised as a training provider for the nuclear industry, becoming a HE associate member of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.

John Idris Jones, chairman of the Skills Academy’s Wales regional steering group and director of Energy Island, which works to put Anglesey at the forefront of energy research and development, said: “There are some great opportunities coming up in the nuclear industry in north Wales and the award recognises that Glyndŵr University is well placed to provide the industry with well qualified, highly skilled employees.”

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