The consequences of not building Wyfla would be catastrophic for Wales and the UK’s future energy policy says GMB Union
GMB, the energy union, has called for urgent clarification from the government on the future of the Wyfla nuclear power station.
Reports suggest Hitachi is considering axing plans for the £16 billion plant in Wales.
The 2.9GW nuclear power station on Anglesey is next in line in the UK’s nuclear plans after Hinkley Point C.
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Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:
“Reports Hitachi might pull out of the Wylfa project require urgent clarification and – if necessary – immediate action by the Government.
“If true, the consequences would be catastrophic for Wales and the UK’s future energy policy.
“With coal and the existing nuclear fleet all going offline in the next decade or so, alternative reliable base load capacity from new nuclear is vital to keep the lights on and the economy functioning.
“This Government has a track record of dithering when it comes to our vital future energy needs.
“Now is not the time for anything other than immediate and decisive action – including stepping in and taking over the project if needed.”