UK sees nuclear funeral pyre: government could speed approval of Suffolk power plant after Hitachi exits project in Wales
The government could hasten approval of a nuclear power plant at Sizewell in Suffolk after a project in Wales failed.
According to reports, it could even take a stake in the factory.
This week, the Japanese group Hitachi withdrew from plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa, Anglesey, once again hitting the government’s nuclear plans and increasing pressure to speed up Sizewell’s approval.
Government is under pressure to accelerate plans for new nuclear power plant at Sizewell in Sufflock (pictured) after project failure in Wales
Of the six sites reserved for factories to replace the UK’s aging nuclear fleet more than a decade ago, only one is being built, Hinkley Point C, in Somerset.
But Sizewell poses problems because China’s state-backed nuclear group CGN is a 20% investor, alongside France’s EDF.
Since the government excluded Huawei equipment from new 5G networks, relations with Beijing have deteriorated and it will become difficult for China to be involved in setting up a nuclear reactor in the UK.
The government is exploring options to replace CGN, the BBC reported, and could take over.
Alison Downs of campaign group Stop Sizewell C said, “Sizewell would be a bad project if you paid for it and wouldn’t help the government meet its policy requirements.
It wouldn’t contribute to the net zero targets until 2040 and at £ 20 billion it would be more expensive, and also slower than other technologies to tackle climate change. ‘
A government spokesman said: ‘Nuclear energy plays a key role in meeting our net commitments. We regularly discuss their projects with all developers and consider various financing solutions. ‘