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Horizon starts ground investigation works at Wylfa

Horizon Nuclear Power has started ground investigation works on its Wylfa Newydd nuclear project in North Wales.

Specialist ground investigations contractor, Structural Soils, which previously carried out work for Horizon in 2009, 2010 and 2011, has been chosen again to work on the scheme.

The programme will run until the end of the year and will employ up to 100 people.

Major on-site work is scheduled for 2018, with the first nuclear construction set for 2019.

The project requires the drilling of around 400 boreholes and trial pits across the site. The material is then removed and analysed to give Horizon an understanding of the ground conditions, which will then inform more detailed planning of the preferred site layout.

Horizon site development director Charlie Tasker, said: “The ground investigation work is another example of the rapid progress we’re making. This part of the project will take us most of this year to complete and will give us a huge amount of technical detail about the ground we want to build on.”

Structural Soils safety, health, environment and quality manager Alison Randall added: “We’re really pleased to be working on the Wylfa Newydd project again and we’re particularly looking forward to renewing the positive relationships we established with local suppliers last time we worked at the site.”

Horizon Nuclear Power is owned by Hitachi.

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