The government has put back by five years the deadline to build the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995.27 March 2013
The document also said that the facility would be developed by 2030 – originally, the government had said it would be built by 2025. Back in 2007, we reported that the Conservative controlled West Somerset District Council had opposed plans to a new nuclear power plant in the region.
The strategy document said there were “plans to deliver around 16GW of new nuclear by 2030. That broadly translates into at least 12 new nuclear reactors at five sites currently earmarked for development: Hinkley Point, Sizewell, Wylfa, Oldbury and Moorside”
In a foreword, Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Vince Cable and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “Nuclear power is, and will continue to be, a key part of our low-carbon energy mix alongside renewable generation and carbon capture and storage. All of these technologies are important in tackling climate change and diversifying our supply, contributing to the UK’s energy security and growth.”
Lord Hutton, who is chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “I warmly welcome this Nuclear Industrial Strategy as evidence of the fruitful partnership between government and industry in setting the direction of travel for the UK to achieve its ambitions to be a leading nuclear nation.
“I welcome and applaud the government’s firm commitment to the important part that nuclear will continue to play in the energy mix, and pledge the industry’s strongest endeavours to delivering a successful and prosperous nuclear future.”