Industry Overview

Nuclear Energy

UK Government has selected 8 sites across the country to develop a new fleet of nuclear powered generation facilities, one of which is in north west Wales.

Nuclear energy provided over 20% of the UK’s energy mix in 2015 and the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) estimates that the civil nuclear sector provides employment to over 65,000 people throughout the UK supply chain. This is anticipated to grow by a further 25,000 when the planned investments come on-stream.

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Nuclear in Wales

From new-build to decommissioning, suppliers are beginning to bid for a diverse range of short and long term contracts on new build projects. Also, operational support for new plant and waste and decommissioning support across decommissioned sites.

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Wylfa Newydd

Whilst Hitachi have suspended their investment for a major new plant at Wylfa on Anglesey, which was to be operated by Horizon Nuclear Power, it is hoped that a way forward can be found that will allow activity to resume at the Wylfa Newydd site. Welsh Government are working with the UK Government to do everything possible to secure the project and remain committed to keeping channels of communication open with Hitachi/Horizon Nuclear Power regarding future options at the site.

Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C in Somerset is the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years – a £19.6 billion investment which will provide low-carbon electricity for around 6 million homes. 

The Hinkley Point C project will create exciting opportunities for businesses – both during the construction phase and once the plants are operating. Over 70 welsh businesses have already won work at the site and with all of South Wales is within the stated Regional area for supplier engagement, this offers a significant opportunity for Welsh companies. 

Working at HPC can help your business grow your skills and experience in the nuclear sector - a launch pad to a share of a potentially huge international market as world demand for energy continues to grow.

Small Modular Reactors

Wales is fully committed to helping the UK realise its vision for SMR technology as part of a wider energy mix.

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Menai Science Park

Menai Science Park Ltd (M-SParc) is developing a Science Park on Anglesey to drive growth in knowledge based science.

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Ports

Wales has strategically located ports which provide valuable supply chain and deployment support for energy projects.

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Supply Chain

Alongside our ports, our manufacturing and service base is striving to meet the industry’s need for world class products and services.

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Support Network

Join us in Wales and your business could work with a number of support bodies.

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Academic Expertise

From north to south Wales, leading edge nuclear R&D programmes are underway.

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