Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nuclear Plans in Hitachi Boost ; Engineering Giant to Build Two Plants in UK Multi-Billion Pound Investment for Industry

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nuclear Plans in Hitachi Boost ; Engineering Giant to Build Two Plants in UK Multi-Billion Pound Investment for Industry

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PLANS for a fleet of new nuclear power stations have received a massive boost after Japanese engineering giant Hitachi took over a deal to build two power plants which could be feeding electricity into the national grid in 10 years.

The Pounds 700m deal will create thousanS ds of jobs and will spark a multi-billion pound investment in the nuclear industry.

Hitachi is buying Horizon Nuclear Power, which has the rights to build reactors at Wylfa on Anglesey, North Wales, and Oldbury in Gloucestershire, from its German owners E.ON and RWE npower. S

The government and unions welcomed the deal, but green campaigners described it as a 'risky and expensive gamble'.

The new facilities are expected to generate power to up to 14m homes over 60 years.

Hitachi and ministers played down safety fears in the wake of the tragedy in Fukushima, pointing to the UK's strong regulatory regime and the company's track record in building safe nuclear plants.

Tatsuro Ishizuka, vice president of Hitachi, said: "Our aim is to build safe nuclear power stations, on time and on budget. …

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