Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed a specially-created joint venture to deliver its flagship newbuild project in the UK, Wylfa Newydd.

Menter Newydd – which means new venture in Welsh – is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, engineering and construction company Bechtel Management and Japanese engineering firm JGC Corporation. It will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.Artist's impression of Wylfa nuclear plant in Wales

Horizon chief executive Duncan Hawthorne said the creation of the delivery company “is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum”.

He added: “The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come.”

Malcolm Twist, project director for Menter Newydd, said the joint venture was “a very strong team – all the partners are proven at the highest level and I’m delighted we’ve established the balance of expertise to safely deliver for Horizon, on-cost and on-schedule”.

Hitachi-GE, which has been operating under contract to Horizon for more than three years, will continue to provide the UK advanced boiling water reactor technology for Wylfa.

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK and was acquired by Japan’s Hitachi in 2012. Wylfa will be its first UK newbuild project and it plans to follow it with another reactor at Oldbury in England.