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£13 Billion Nuke Pledge

Friday, May 18, 2018

GMB WELCOMES UK GOVERNMENT’S £13 BILLION PLEDGE TO BUILD WELSH NUCLEAR REACTOR

GMB welcomes this positive step forward by the Government to facilitate a much needed new nuclear reactor in Wales says GMB.

GMB, the energy union, has welcomed the UK Government’s £13.3 billion offer to Hitachi to help build a nuclear reactor in Wales.

The huge sum will help the Japanese tech giant cover a large proportion of the cost of its Wylfa Newydd project in Wales. [1]

Hitachi's Horizon Nuclear Power hopes to start building on Anglesey in 2020.

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Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“GMB welcomes this positive step forward by the Government to facilitate a much needed new nuclear reactor in Wales.

“The UK’s current fleet of nuclear power stations are approaching the end of their working lives.

“We desperately need the reliable power - and jobs - these zero-carbon reactors will provide as part of balanced energy mix of renewables, nuclear and gas.

ENDS

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351  or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44161097

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