A marine licence has been issued to Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Limited to permit ground investigation works of the seabed on Anglesey.
The licence, issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), will allow Horizon to drill boreholes to survey the seabed structure at Porth y Pistyll.
The information obtained will be used to inform planning, consenting and design aspects of potential marine works at Porth y Pistyll as part of the Wylfa Newydd new nuclear power station project.
The licence will not allow Horizon to start works immediately as they will need to supply information to meet certain conditions.
These relate to a detailed method statement and mitigation measures to protect marine mammals and biosecurity.
The work to survey the seabed structure should last no longer than 12 months.
Tim Jones, NRW’s North and Mid Wales Executive Director of Operations, said:
“It’s important that any activity of this kind has measures in place to minimise any impact on the environment.
“We have considered the information provided in the application and the representations that we received from the consultation process in reaching our decision.
“We are satisfied that the conditions of the marine licence will protect the environment and human health and not interfere with legitimate uses of the sea.”