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Nuclear power plants to be built by Hitachi

Two new nuclear power plants are to be constructed in the UK by Japanese developer and engineering firm Hitachi.

Following the decommissioning of two aging Magnox reactors at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire, the government had commissioned E.ON and RWE as the main backers for the works - known as the Horizon project - but both unfortunately pulled out of the process in March.

However, Hitachi has now stepped in to fill the void, meaning the project for the delivery of new nuclear energy sources in the UK is back on track.

A skilled workforce of up to 6,000 individuals is expected to be employed during the construction of the new facilities, with developer Babcock having already signed an agreement with Hitachi to be the main contractor for the project.

Peter Rogers, chief executive of Babcock, commented: "Our significant experience in the UK nuclear sector complements the international experience of Hitachi. 

"We look forward to exploring how our skills, capabilities and experience can contribute to the delivery of this project of national strategic importance, meeting the future energy demands of the UK and creating long-term opportunities for UK companies."

Plans for the construction of the new advanced boiling water reactor used in each of the new plants will now be submitted to authorities in the UK for approval before a fully successful application can be achieved.

Elsewhere, the Homes and Communities Agency announced earlier this week that the ambitious Northstowe project in Cambridgeshire has finally been given the all clear for work to commence in the coming months.

The project will be the first new town to be built from scratch in the UK since Milton Keynes and is set to include the delivery of up to 10,000 new homes, as well as bringing greater employment to the county and providing an array of local amenities. 

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