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Unite: Government must act to get Project Horizon back on track

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has urged the government to ensure Project Horizon gets back on track to ensure security of supply and the creation of thousands of skilled jobs.

E.ON and RWE have pulled out of developing new nuclear plants in the UK for the government's energy policy.

Project Horizon included a proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa North Wales which has the potential to bring approximately £3 billion into the UK supply chain, generate 5,000 jobs for the project on Anglesey, sustain the Springfields Fuel Plant in Central Lancashire for decades and safeguard over 1,000 jobs, apprenticeships and graduate recruitment.

Unite national officer Kevin Coyne said:

"The UK government must not allow this crucial UK project to fail because of decisions being made in Germany. Britain needs Project Horizon to succeed for the sake of our future energy needs and thousands of skilled jobs which would be created as a result.

"The government must urgently do everything possible to get Project Horizon back on track by finding buyer to take over the project."

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Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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