UK needs more nuclear plant builders, minister says

first_img Twitter UK needs more nuclear plant builders, minister says Speaking at a conference on nuclear energy in London, O’Brien welcomed the plan by France’s EDF to build four nuclear power stations in Britain by 2025 but said more were required to replace Britain’ ageing state-built reactors, all but one of which will close over the next 17 years. “Nuclear must be an important part of an affordable climate change policy for the UK. Not having nuclear in the mix could threaten our economy, our climate and indeed our very way of life,” O’Brien said at the conference organised by Chatham House, the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment ServicesNuclear O’Brien said the Scottish National Party’s opposition to building more reactors, instead relying on renewable energy and coal fired power plants that use untested carbon capture and storage, was risky. Linkedin No posts to display O’Brien, in charge of energy policy at the newly-created Department of Energy and Climate Change, said electricity prices would rise significantly if nuclear were to be excluded from the UK’s strategy for cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale “Nuclear is a crucial part of an affordable climate change policy. Without it, achieving the stringent target we have set ourselves for the future would undoubtedly be more costly, potentially increasing the cost of electricity by up to 40 percent compared to now,” he said.center_img “We want other types of nuclear power stations in Britain too. We need other companies to come forward. We do need to replace the energy we now get from nuclear with new nuclear,” he said. Facebook Facebook Although other European utilities with nuclear power plant experience have said they would be interested in building reactors in Britain, only EDF has taken concrete steps, by bidding to take over British Energy earlier this year. TAGSComEd 11.18.2008 Previous articleBowman resigns as Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEONext articleAMSC, Shenyang Blower to develop 2 MW wind turbines chloecox By chloecox – The latest government modelling of likely new build in Britain showed that the UK was on track to get about 15 percent of its energy from nuclear in 2025, about the same share as now. Linkedin New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants 18 November 2008 – The UK needs more than one company to build nuclear power stations to meet the government’s long-term carbon emissions targets and provide affordable electricity, UK energy minister Mike O’Brien said.last_img read more