Highland Council has backed a bid for a prototype fusion power plant to be sited in Caithness which could create hundreds of jobs for the area and provide “transformational” opportunities. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is holding a competition to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme which aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of fusion in producing clean energy. The programme is backed by £222 million funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024. Bids have to be made by March 31 and councillors have agreed to support the Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership, which wants the project sited at the Dounreay nuclear complex.
Press & Journal 25th March 2021 read more »
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.
Northern Times 26th March 2021 read more »