Government gives nuclear nod to eight sites

The government has today confirmed eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations. The eight are in Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; […]

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By Kelvin Ross

The government has today confirmed eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations.

The eight are in Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said: “I’m fed up with the stand-off between advocates of renewables and of nuclear which means we have neither. We urgently need investment in new and diverse energy sources to power the UK. We’ll need renewables, new nuclear, fossil fuels with CCS, and the cables to hook them all up to the grid as a large slice of our current generating capacity shuts down. The market needs certainty to make this investment happen, and we are determined to clear every obstacle in the way of this programme.

“So today we are setting out our energy need which will help guide the planning process, so that if sound proposals come forward in sensible places, they will not face unnecessary hold-ups. And I am making clear that new nuclear will be free to contribute as much as possible with the onus on developers to pay for the clean-up”.

A consultation on the coalition’s revised draft national policy statements on energy also reveals that over half the new energy generating capacity built in the UK by 2025 will come from renewable sources. A significant proportion of the remainder will come from low carbon sources such as nuclear and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage.