UK unveils plans for ‘greatest nuclear energy enlargement in 70 years’ to bolster vitality independence | EUROtoday

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The UK authorities on Thursday introduced plans for what it stated was the nation’s “greatest enlargement of nuclear energy for 70 years to bolster its vitality independence and meet carbon emission targets.

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The Civil Nuclear Roadmap contains exploring the development of a significant new energy station, £300 million ($382 million) of funding to provide a sophisticated uranium gas and “smarter regulation”.

Taken collectively, the measures would quadruple UK nuclear energy by 2050 to 24 gigawatts, sufficient to offer 1 / 4 of the UK’s electrical energy wants.

“Nuclear is the perfect antidote to the energy challenges facing Britain — it’s green, cheaper in the long-term and will ensure the UK’s energy security,” stated Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

“This is the right long-term decision and is the next step in our commitment to nuclear power, which puts us on course to achieve net zero by 2050 in a measured and sustainable way,” he added.

The authorities says it’s dedicated to the 2050 internet zero goal however has come beneath hearth after saying final summer time it should challenge “hundreds” of latest oil and fuel licences within the North Sea.

It can also be grappling with a cost-of-living disaster partly brought on by the spike in oil and fuel costs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Energy minister Claire Coutinho stated the plans would imply the UK would “never again be held to ransom over energy by tyrants like Vladimir Putin”.

The authorities stated the proposals represented “the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years”, including it will “reduce electricity bills, support thousands of jobs and improve UK energy security”.


The most eye-catching proposal is the doable development of one other energy station as massive as Sizewell in east England, development on which is because of start this 12 months, and Hinkley in west England, which is at the moment beneath development.

Both energy stations might be able to powering six million houses every.

The UK at the moment has 9 operational nuclear reactors on 5 websites however many are nearing the tip of their working lives.

Six reactors on three websites have been shut down since 2021 and might be dismantled.

However, operator EDF introduced in March that it was extending the lifetime of two British energy vegetation — Heysham 1 and Hartlepool.

The UK intends to construct as much as eight new reactors by 2050.

The authorities stated on Sunday it should make investments as much as £300 million into producing the HALEU gas required for brand spanking new high-tech reactors, and which at the moment is just commercially produced in Russia.

“The UK will lead the way from its North West production hub to provide the world with this form of uranium fuel, with the first plant aiming to be operational early in the next decade,” stated the federal government.

Regulators will even be allowed to evaluate tasks whereas designs are finalised in a loosening of guidelines aimed toward rushing alongside development plans.