More changes are afoot at Gloucester’s own nuclear energy firm Horizon in what is already shaping up to be a landmark year.
Just days have gone by since the Brockworth-headquartered Hitachi-owned fledgling nuclear power firm was revealing plans to create an estimated 60 new jobs this year.
It was news which came on the back of the firm receiving a licence giving it permission to begin ordering major equipment for its proposed new reactor at Wylfa Newydd.
In short, it was another piece of paper allowing the business to progress towards construction of its next nuclear power station giving it permission to order various necessary materials in advance of the main build.
Now the firm has announced a significant reshuffle at the top.
“Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced two new appointments to the board of Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd.
“William Doig, power and energy consultant, Grove Consulting and Dr Ken Petrunik, former advisor to the CEO of Nuclear Power, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, will join the board as independent non-executive directors effective from the March 1,” said a spokesman for the firm.
“These appointments further strengthen the nuclear credentials of the Board as Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd prepares to apply for a nuclear site licence for the construction and operation of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, on Anglesey, North Wales.”
At the end of December the official headcount at the office was 262 employees supplemented by 41 contractors (303 total).
“We expect this to increase to 380 by the end of the decade and anticipate 60 vacancies in the next year,” said the spokesman.
The firm continues to remain tight-lipped over its most up to date turnover. In 2015 that figure was reportedly £135 million. Horizon owns the sites at Wylfa, Anglesey and Oldbury, Gloucestershire.