Mr Shapps emphasised that the GBN initiative is a key component of the country’s revised energy strategy, aiming to facilitate a rapid expansion of nuclear power at an unprecedented scale and pace.
When asked about Chinese investment or involvement in the UK’s nuclear sector, Shapps clarified that he would not accept any Chinese money for projects related to national infrastructure that involves sharing technologies.
The Energy Secretary highlighted that while there is Chinese investment in EDF’s Sizewell project, it is purely a financial investment without any connection to technology or management.
Grant Shapps stressed the progress being made at the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, stating, “Actually, having been down there, it’s progressing very well.”
He acknowledged the importance of wind and solar power, but stressed the need for a diverse energy mix, explaining, “When the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, you’ve got to have another option.”