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Business Minister welcomes ‘great news’ for Anglesey

Business Minister Edwina Hart was on Anglesey today to welcome senior executives of Hitachi to the Island following the announcement yesterday that agreement had been reached to sell Horizon Nuclear Power to Hitachi.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Business Minister welcomes ‘great news’ for Anglesey
Business Minister welcomes ‘great news’ for Anglesey

The Minister joined senior representatives of Horizon, together with Tatsuro Ishizuka, Vice President and Executive Officer President & CEO Power Systems Company of Hitachi and Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones at a welcome event at Coleg Menai hosted by Anglesey Council leader Bryan Owen

Business Minister Edwina Hart welcomed the announcement and said:

"This is great news for Anglesey and the rest of North Wales and will provide a massive long-term economic boost for the region.

"The Wylfa project once started will create thousands of construction jobs and provide quality, well paid employment for many hundreds of highly skilled workers on the Island for decades to come. Plans for the Oldbury site in South Gloucestershire will also offer huge supply chain and employment opportunities for Welsh companies."

Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant commented:

"Hitachi has clearly laid out their initial approach to engaging local suppliers and training local workers, working with Horizon to deliver a lasting economic legacy in North Wales. We look forward to outlining more detail on our approach at an appropriate point following completion of the sale process."

Earlier this year the Minister announced a £896,000 funding package to create seventy new apprenticeships in engineering and construction across North West Wales.

The funding will support Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s apprentice employment agency, Cwmni Prentis Menai, which is geared to improve employment opportunities for appropriately skilled young people across the renewable energy sector

The apprenticeship programme has the full backing of Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy local authorities and the private sector, including Horizon Nuclear Power.



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