In reaction to the Government’s energy security announcements, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said,
“Great British Nuclear will transform the way nuclear projects are deployed in the UK, enabling us to deliver more capacity more quickly. It will help us become a global leader in large and small scale nuclear, with the SMR selection process offering a real opportunity for home-grown technologies and others to bring jobs, skills and investment to the UK.
“We welcome the appointments of Gwen Parry-Jones and Simon Bowen as interim CEO and Chair of GBN, and we look forward to working with them to get vital stations built.
“For nuclear to provide a quarter of Britain’s electricity means embarking on an ambitious new build programme, including a fleet of new stations, as well as placing nuclear on par with other green technologies to drive crucial investment.
“More nuclear will cut gas imports, cut carbon and create good jobs for communities all across the country.”
Notes to editors:
- The UK has five generating nuclear power stations, providing around 15% of the country’s electricity from 5.9 GW of capacity.
- Hartlepool and Heysham I stations will retire by March 2026, and Heysham II and Torness will retire by March 2028, leaving only Sizewell B, with 1.2 GW of generating capacity.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe found nuclear to have the lowest land use, lowest ecosystem impact and lowest lifecycle carbon of all generating technologies at 5.1g CO2/KWh. CCS with gas is 130g CO2/KWh.
- Nuclear has saved the UK 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, far more than any other source. The saving is equivalent to all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
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