Prospect calls for action as RWE and E.On halt UK nuclear plans
29 Mar 2012
Prospect has called for action after the two German companies behind Horizon Nuclear Power announced they are to withdraw from plans to build new nuclear plant at Wylfa, North Wales and Oldbury, South Gloucestershire.
Mike Clancy, General Secretary designate of the largest union in the UK nuclear industry, said:
"E.On and RWE npower's decision to pull out of the Horizon venture has very worrying implications for both Horizon's 120 highly-skilled employees, who now face an uncertain future, and for the UK's wider energy policy and security of supply.
"At a time when we face the closure of several large coal-fired power stations between now and the end of 2015, the Horizon venture was to be a major contributor in achieving a new UK fleet of nuclear power stations to provide a secure low-carbon energy supply for the future.
"Without new investment, the knock-on economic consequences of this lost opportunity will stretch far beyond the immediate workforce given that the new build would have provided skilled employment in construction, manufacturing and throughout the supply chain for decades to come.
"We are seeking urgent meetings with ministers in both the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to press for every measure to be put in place to encourage new investors.
"We will also be working with community groups to build a broad coalition of support to get the necessary backing at local as well as national level."