Thousands of jobs could be created in the South West if plans for the world’s first nuclear fusion power plant succeed. The base would be created as part of the UK’s roadmap to reach net-zero emissions and be known as Western Gateway, reports Business Live reports. Under the current bid, two former nuclear power station sites side-by-side in Oldbury (South Gloucestershire) and Berkeley could be used for the UK spherical tokamak for energy production (STEP) – a new way of creating energy through fusion. People in Bristol and Bath could also get jobs through the scheme, which stretches across the West of England and into South Wales. A group of local authorities, development bodies, landowners and educators in England and Wales has confirmed the bid, which will be submitted to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) by March 31.
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Highland councillors have given broad support to an ambitious proposal to build a prototype nuclear fusion power plant in Caithness to replace the decommissioned Dounreay atomic power station. The local authority hopes the site will host the pioneering project. Fusion has been a global hope for decades. The envisaged technology is thought to offer “almost limitless clean energy”.
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Council backs ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to establish a fusion reactor at Dounreay that if successful guarantees years of work and hundreds of millions of pounds in investment. Council leader Margaret Davidson summed up the feelings of many councillors, saying: “After over 20 years in public life, you know it when you see it, and what you are seeing here is – opportunity. “Opportunity that could bring with it hope and it could really change the whole tenor of Caithness as it looks to the future.
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A Highland campaign group has voiced scepticism over the idea of Caithness hosting the world’s first nuclear fusion power station – and called for the hundreds of millions of pounds that would be spent on research and design to be diverted to renewables instead. Highlands Against Nuclear Transport (HANT) claims nuclear fusion experiments have “never succeeded in producing any electricity” and that there is no safe way to dispose of the radioactive waste that would be generated. Dounreay is one of two sites in Scotland preparing applications to construct a multi-billion-pound prototype reactor offering a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.
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