New nuclear – which includes plans for a Sizewell C power plant – can be an affordable part of the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a report. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) said factors such as replicating designs and locating reactors at the same sites as existing ones were key, but cutting costs and risks was “eminently achievable”. In an update report on the role for nuclear in the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy, ETI chief executive Jonathan Wills identified eight “drivers of cost”, setting out how obstacles could be overcome. Its findings fit with its belief that the lessons learnt from Hinkley offer considerable benefits for the Sizewell C scheme in Suffolk, ensuring it will be cheaper, and construction processes smoother.
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