Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has reaffirmed the UK’s support for nuclear power.
At the Nuclear Industry Association conference yesterday, she said nuclear energy plays a “critical role” in the government’s security of supply and decarbonisation goals.
She added nuclear power stations are a “vital part of the infrastructure investment needed in our electricity sector to ensure our future energy supply”.
She went on to say the government is “committed to a significant expansion in new nuclear in the UK”.
Ms Leadsom added: “[The] government has prepared the way for new nuclear power stations through a package of reforms and regulatory measures. [This will] remove barriers to investment and give developers the confidence to take forward projects which will help deliver secure, low carbon and affordable energy.
“We have also made sure operators of new nuclear power stations put in place robust plans and finance for managing their waste and decommissioning right from the outset.”
A consultation on working with communities in siting a nuclear waste facility in the UK has been launched.