Kwasi Kwarteng, Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has stated that the UK could massively scale up its nuclear power capability/nuclear plants with 6 to 7 new sites in operation by 2050.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has stated that the UK could massively scale up its nuclear power capability with 6 to 7 new sites in operation by 2050. The Energy Secretary has set out plans for a radical expansion of homegrown energy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. While the number of stations is likely to remain similar to the status currently, the plan is for each new site to be far more powerful than those they will replace, significantly pushing up the UK’s nuclear capacity.
British media reported that PM Boris Johnson is preparing to announce plans to expand the Government’s commitment to move forward with new large-scale nuclear power stations this decade. The plan had been to back one by 2024, but it is thought the new ambition will be to support the construction of two by 2030. The decision comes as the Government’s energy security strategy is expected to be unveiled on Thursday.
Commenting on the scale of its nuclear ambitions, Kwarteng told the British media: “There is a realization across Government that we could do more on nuclear. With energy, you’re thinking maybe 30, even 40 years [ahead]. If we fast forward to 2050, there is a world where we have six or seven sites in the UK. That isn’t going to happen in the next two years, but it’s definitely something that we can aspire to. The Prime Minister said, in terms of the energy generation mix, we could see maybe a quarter of that being nuclear. I’d say 15 to 25%.”
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