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RWE npower secures grid connection and land for new nuclear power station at Wylfa, Anglesey, Wales
Thursday, Jan 08, 2009

RWE npower secures grid connection and land for new nuclear power station at Wylfa, Anglesey, Wales.

Company says urgent power generation investment is needed in the UK.

RWE npower today announced it has secured a grid connection for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey. The company also called on Government to provide clarity over energy policy to allow for investment in a diverse mix of power generation.

The grid connection at Anglesey, which provides RWE npower with the rights to feed 3.6GW of electricity into the national grid, could see enough low carbon electricity generated on the island to meet the needs of over five million homes.

The company has also said that it has acquired options to buy farmland at Wylfa close to the existing Magnox nuclear power station as part of its development of nuclear new build opportunities, but will consult with local people before making any firm plans.

The Government has identified new nuclear power as being a key building block for a low carbon future.

Andrew Duff, CEO of RWE npower, said: “We are serious and committed to progressing new nuclear options. Anglesey’s nuclear heritage means it has great potential as a location for new nuclear build.

“A new station at Wylfa could deliver significant economic benefits to the area through direct investment, employment and supply chain opportunities. Transfer of skills, as the existing station is decommissioned and a new one constructed, could provide a real boost for the nuclear industry on Anglesey.”

Mr Duff also called on Government and regulators to clear the way for vital investment in other forms of power generation across the UK.

“Nuclear energy can provide clean, secure and affordable electricity supplies in the mid and long term, but the country also needs early and significant investment in a diverse mix of power generation in order to reconcile climate targets and security of supply. There is an urgent need to bridge the energy gap opening up over the next five years as a result of the closure of older coal and nuclear stations.”

He said: "We are already committed tonew modern gas power stations at Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire and Pembroke in West Wales, creating hundreds of permanent jobs and thousands during construction. We have commissioned a carbon capture and storage demonstration plant at Didcot, and are progressing the largest UK offshore wind programme at Greater Gabbard, Gwynt-y-mor and Rhyl Flats.

"Without major investment in UK energy infrastructure over the coming years, the UK faces shortages in the approach to 2015. With these proposed investments, RWE is demonstrating its willingness to play a major part in the renewal of the UK's power systems, if given the right investment and regulatory climate and Government is supportive in its approach to the industry, policy and the energy market."

Albert Owen, MP for Ynys Môn, said: "I've long argued that Wylfa is a prime site for new nuclear generation and the announcement by RWE npower confirms the potential of Wylfa that would benefit the local economy and play an important role in the low carbon energy security of the country."

Cllr. Phil Fowlie, Leader of Anglesey County Council, added: “We welcome the continued interest and positive progress being made by the private sector to ensure Wylfa remains an important energy generating and employment centre. Ensuring energy generation remains at Wylfa for future generations is a major priority for the County Council, and we are eager to work in partnership with all potential private sector companies to ensure our ‘Energy Island’ aspirations are realised.”

RWE is planning investments totalling approximately £1bn per year for the next 10 years in the UK. The company is awaiting consent from Government to go ahead with a £1bn modern gas fired power station at Pembroke which would generate enough power for over three million homes and contribute around £10m per year to the local economy.

Earlier this month npower renewables was granted consent to construct its 750MW Gwynt-y-mor offshore wind farm off the North Wales coast, which will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. The project will boost renewable energy provided by a 90MW offshore wind farm at Rhyl Flats, North Wales, which is currently under construction by the company.


Source: npower

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