New UK nuclear power station gets green light2013
Planning consent has been given for the construction of the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995, in a boost to the move to a low carbon energy mix.
The planned multi-billion pound project at Hinkley Point, Somerset – to be operated by NNB Generation - will generate enough low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of five million households, making it one of the largest power stations in the UK.
Two new reactors will be built, supporting between 20,000 and 25,000 jobs during construction and 900 permanent jobs during operation.
Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commented: “I am confident that the planning decision I have made is robust, evidence-based, compatible with the Energy National Policy Statements and is in the best interests of the country.
“It’s vital to get investment in new infrastructure to get the economy moving. Low carbon energy projects will bring major investment, supporting jobs and driving growth. This planned project adds to a number of new energy projects consented since May 2010, including wind farms and biomass and gas-fired power stations."
Commenting on the move, Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, welcomed the announcement: “This is a big step forward on a critical energy infrastructure scheme. Major projects like this not only help us to overcome our energy challenges, but provide a real boost to growth, creating thousands of jobs directly and through the supply chain. A balanced energy mix is essential in order to ensure secure, low-carbon and affordable supply in the future, and new nuclear is a key part of this.”
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