Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed Duncan Hawthorne to lead the development of the £10bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in Anglesey.
Mr Hawthorne is a former chair of the World Association of Nuclear Operators. He joins Horizon as the Hitachi subsidiary moves closer to the start of construction at the plant.
Mr Hawthorne has held leadership positions in the nuclear industry in both the UK and North America, most recently as chief executive at Canadian operator Bruce Power.
Duncan Hawthorne CEO Horizon Nuclear Power
Hitachi meanwhile is also due to confirm its EPC contractor team for the plant, with Bechtel and Japan’s JGC set to partner on the job.
In January Hitachi announced it had set up a new company, Hitachi Nuclear Energy, to oversee construction at the Wylfa site.
It is expected the company will work in a joint venture alongside Bechtel and JGC, the two firms the company has been in “exclusive talks” with since last year.
Work at Wylfa is due to start in 2019, with Hitachi aiming for the plant to be fully operational by the mid-2020s.
Construction work will include replacing the existing Magnox reactors with new UK ABWR.
The project is expected to see the creation of 8,500 jobs during its peak construction period.
Mr Hawthorne said: “I hope to be able to add my experience in plant operations and leadership to help complement the many talented people who already are part of the Horizon workforce.
“I will be building on the strong progress made to date under Alan Raymant’s leadership and I look forward to working with him and the team to ensure this success continues.”