In reaction to the Welsh Affairs Committee report on Nuclear energy in Wales, which says that new nuclear projects, including at Wylfa, could be a ‘game-changer’ for the north Wales economy, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association said,
“Wales should be in the vanguard of the British nuclear programme, with two world-class nuclear sites ready to bring highly-skilled jobs for young people, major investment and reliable clean power to communities up and down the country.
“North Wales has a strong nuclear tradition and is primed to benefit from new reactors at Wylfa and small modular reactors at Trawsfynydd, which is being championed by Cwmni Egino. To get these projects going, the Welsh and UK governments should work with Great British Nuclear to make Wales one of the best places in the world to invest in nuclear.”
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.
- 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.
About the Nuclear Industry Association
As the trade association for the civil nuclear industry in the UK, the Nuclear Industry Association represents more than 250 companies across the UK’s nuclear supply chain.
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