The GMB Union has called for a new generation of nuclear power plants in order the help UK meet its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions pledge. The motion, which was announced at the annual TUC Congress in London, calls for the construction of a new “generation of nuclear plants, benefiting communities from Sizewell to West Cumbria and the development of Small Modular Reactors.” Particular mention was made of the Sizewell C project in Sussex, which could support an estimated 25,000 jobs once in progress. GMB said that government and opposition politicians should now get on with agreeing a funding model to deliver Sizewell C and unblock stalled projects at Bradwell, Oldbury, Moorside and Wylfa Newydd.
Engineering & Technology 13th Sept 2021 read more »
Trudy Harrison and Mark Jenkinson: It’s time for another ‘epoch making moment’ for nuclear power. Trudy Harrison is MP for Copeland and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. Mark Jenkinson is MP for Workington. the future of the industry now hangs in the balance. All but one of the country’s currently operating nuclear plants will have been decommissioned by the end of this decade. There is therefore a need to act. That is what we – the Conservatives – have been doing. Rather than skirting round the issue, as Labour have done, we have this year embraced new nuclear, looking to capitalise on the construction of Hinkley Point C. The Energy White Paper set out a plan to bring a further large scale nuclear power plant to a final investment decision this Parliament and invest in future technologies such as small and advanced modular reactors. It demonstrated our willingness to take the tough decisions and set out a long-term vision for the UK. We know what the alternative is with Labour – indecision and delay – and it is little surprise that so many seats turned blue in 2019. Since the construction of Hinkley Point C began, we have seen an industry that was on its knees revived. Many highly skilled jobs have returned and the social fabric of many communities restored through the opportunities the project has delivered. Over the past five years, a supply chain of 3,600 businesses from across the UK has been supporting the project and over 71,000 job opportunities have been created during construction. The latest projections show that because of the project, around £2 billion will be invested across the North of England alone. However, as the construction of Hinkley Point C begins to wind down, workers will need a timely transition to another project to ensure the valuable supply chain established in recent years is not diminished. Without a clear plan in place, leading businesses have warned up to 10,000 skilled jobs in the nuclear supply chain could be at risk. It is therefore contingent on the Government to swiftly deliver on its Energy White Paper commitments and drive forward our vision to level up the regions across the UK by creating highly skilled jobs. The next clear step in the UK’s nuclear future lies with Sizewell C. Giving the green light – by introducing parliamentary legislation in the autumn – would inject confidence into the UK supply chain, boost levels of investment, and apply the expertise learned at Hinkley Point C, to Sizewell.
Conservative Home 13th Sept 2021 read more »
Nuclear generation capacity could grow by 2.6 percent annually around the world, despite some retirements and delayed or abandoned projects in the west. A new report by the World Nuclear Association forecast reactor power generation to reach 615 GW by 2040. Nuclear power currently generates about 10 percent of the world electricity supply, but up to 20 percent in the U.S. According to the WNA calculation, current global nuclear capacity is at about 394 GW from 442 reactor units (94 in the U.S.). Some 60 GW of capacity is currently under construction, but only a few of those in the U.S. and United Kingdom.
Power Engineering 13th Sept 2021 read more »