Nuclear plans ‘still on target’

Mike Tynan, chief executive Westinghouse UK
Mike Tynan, chief executive Westinghouse UK
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The head of one of the energy giants bidding to build Britain’s next generation of nuclear power stations has said it is committed to a base in Central Lancashire.

Mike Tynan, chief executive of Westinghouse UK, said he was confident the group’s AP1000 reactor would be built as part of plans for 11 new power station sites across the country.

The group failed in a bid to takeover the Horizon Nuclear Power group, which will build new reactors at Wylfa in Angelsey and Oldbury, Gloucestershire, last year.

That deal would have seen decades of fuel manufacturing work come to its factory at Salwick, near Preston, and ramp up its head office operations at Matrix Park, near Leyland.

In an exclusive column for tomorrow’s lepbusinessyear supplement, Mr Tynan said: “Despite the likelihood of another tough trading year in 2013, we are a business that focuses on the long term and we have business plans for the UK that stretch out beyond 2030, in fact we plan to be servicing the nuclear industry well into the next century.

“My personal vision to build, fuel and service the next generation of nuclear reactors from our base in central Lancashire has never changed and remains as strong as ever.

“There are challenges still to overcome, however this is a long term game-plan and our job as leaders in this industry is to make sure that we relentlessly pursue our vision and succeed in securing our business, highly skilled jobs and advanced manufacturing in the nuclear industry for generations to come.”

Westinghouse obtained an interim licence to build the AP1000 from UK regulators.

The boss had previously committed the group to creating a base, including jobs on the construction, maintenance and decommissioning of facilities, in Central Lancashire.

See tomorrow’s Evening Post for exclusive opinions from the leading lights of Lancashire’s business community.