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Call for next government to make ‘big decisions’ on nuclear power projects

31 May 2024 2 minute read
The Magnox Wylfa nuclear plant on Anglesey. Credit – Ian Capper, geograph.org.uk

The next government is being urged to make “big decisions” on nuclear power projects to help deliver jobs and energy security.

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has published its manifesto, saying it was important to ensure continued momentum.

The association called for measures including pressing ahead with the planned Sizewell C power station, as well as extending the life of current power stations.

The manifesto also pressed for the building of a fleet of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) across the country and a third large-scale station at Wylfa on Ynys Môn.

Urgency

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA, said: “Big decisions on new nuclear projects are needed as a matter of urgency during the next parliament to ensure we deliver clean power for net zero, energy security and jobs for the future.

“Delivering new nuclear projects from Sizewell C and Wylfa to SMRs and nuclear fuel will bring huge investment to communities and reliable, clean energy for a very long time.

“Members of the next parliament will have some crucial decisions to take to ensure that the massive economic, environmental and energy security opportunities for the UK are realised.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago

How will the relationship between Vaughan Gething and the Nuclear Industry pan out, a big supporter of Nuclear.

One wonders why it was left to a non-environmentalist to finance his campaign which surely was to ‘Nuclear’s’ benefit !…

Where was his buddy Lee Waters to steer him away from such toxic finance…

Dr Jonathan F Dean
Dr Jonathan F Dean
17 days ago

There is insufficient grid capacity on Ynys Môn for a large power station

There will be insufficient grid capacity in north Wales after 2030

A new line of pylons would have to go through two national parks

There is no use for the waste heat as required by government policy

There is hardly any electricity demand

But apart from that …

Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson
17 days ago

Ah yes, those wondrous opportunities from nuclear. Let’s have a closer look… First, the economic. All nuclear reactor projects exceed their budgets, often to a risible extent. Someone may be making money out if this (who? where? how?) but it surely isn’t the Welsh consumer. Second, environmental. Think of all that waste that Cymru may have to accept its share of. Dangerous for thousands of years, longer than any human civilisation has ever lasted. Given that nuclear radiation destroys or contaminates anything it comes within cooee of, where is the benefit exactly? Third, energy security. Well, stocks of uranium are… Read more »

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
16 days ago

UKAEA was once a wonderful organisation.

Charles
Charles
16 days ago

No to Nuclear energy..

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