The UK’s stuttering nuclear renaissance received a huge boost when Japanese engineering giant Hitachi took over plans to build two power plants in a £700m deal which will create thousands of jobs.
The firm 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.
The Government and unions welcomed the deal which drives forward plans for a fleet of new nuclear power stations across the UK.
The facilities, which could be feeding electricity into the national grid in the first half of the 2020s, are expected to generate power equivalent to up to 14 million homes over 60 years.
Up to 6,000 jobs are expected to be created during construction at each site, with a further 1,000 permanent jobs at both locations once operational.