UK energy company Horizon Nuclear Power has secured acceptance for its plan to build the Wylfa Newydd project from the Planning Inspectorate.
The company has received four other key environmental permits, which will allow Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to begin assessment of the Wylfa Newydd project.Last month, Horizon submitted its 41,000-page Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate. A statutory 28-day period of review was carried out by the authority to ensure it met the standards required.Horizon Nuclear Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne said: “This is a significant milestone for Horizon and an important step on the path to having all the permissions we need to build Wylfa Newydd.
“The power station will not only deliver huge benefits for Anglesey, where it will provide top-quality employment for local people and significant opportunities for local businesses, but it will also play a key role in the UK’s energy future, delivering much-needed low carbon, safe and secure power for decades to come.”
Following acceptance, the DCO process now formally starts with the pre-examination phase.The process also includes the appointment of an examining authority during the pre-examination stage. All interested parties are invited to attend the preliminary meeting.Horizon’s application includes a marine licence, operations combustion permit, operations water discharge permit and construction water discharge permit.They were ‘duly made’ by NRW and have now progressed to the next stage of their respective determination processes.