North West Wales

Hitachi in deal with Coleg Menai

Wylfa nuclear power plant, Anglesey
Image caption Hitachi, which hopes to build a new power plant on Anglesey, is helping to equip a college training centre

Japanese firm Hitachi has given new heavy industry equipment to a north Wales college to train construction workers of the future.

The company is behind a new nuclear power station proposed for the island while nearby Coleg Menai is opening a new specialist training centre.

It has been part-funded by the Welsh government to help create investment and jobs.

Hitachi firm HM Plant has given three earth moving machines to the college.

The college said the partnership reflected Hitachi's commitment to ensure an effective local supply chain for major infrastructure projects proposed for Anglesey in the future.

These include plans for a power station at Wylfa by Horizon Nuclear Power, also owned by Hitachi.

Coleg Menai principal Dafydd Evans said Hitachi's support had enabled the training facility on the Llangefni campus to be "equipped to the standard only available at world-class civil engineering training centres".

HM Plant vice president Motsomu Sue said the business hoped to "inspire the next generation" through its technology.

In April, nuclear regulators signed an agreement marking the start of plans to build new reactors at Wylfa.

It cleared the way for Horizon Nuclear Power to submit initial proposals for a new power station.

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