Wylfa Newydd: minister ‘very worried’ by speculation

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The Economy Minister says he’s very worried amid speculation that plans for Wylfa Newydd will be suspended.

Ken Skates says he’s seeking assurances from the UK Government following reports from Japanese media that Hitachi will halt all work on the nuclear power plant. A decision could be made this week when a board meeting is held at the Japanese giant.

The Welsh Government said it would not comment on speculation – but Mr Skates admitted speculation over recent days was ”very worrying”.

The minister said he spoke on Tuesday with energy minister Richard Harrington and will write to the business secretary Greg Clark for assurances. Further Government talks will be held this week with key partners in North Wales.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Skates said: ”Wylfa Newydd is a major project with potentially significant economic benefits to Anglesey, North Wales and the UK. As a government, we recognise the nuclear sector’s huge potential for delivering against our central aim of tackling regional inequalities, exploiting regional strengths and delivering prosperity for all.”

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