EDF Energy is currently building the UK’s only active power station project at Hinkley Point B – a massive £20.3bn project, and they have just lodged plans for their next station Sizewell C, an equivalent scale scheme. Speaking at our Building the UK’s Energy Future Conference Julia Pyke, Director of Financing at Sizewell C, dismissed safety concerns around the operation of nuclear power plants: “Nuclear is the safest way bar none of making electricity according to the OECD.” She recognised concerns around nuclear waste but claimed: “No human has ever been harmed by nuclear waste. The whole media debate is so disproportionate.” The UK Atomic Energy Authority is leading the way on what has been the most talked about nuclear innovation – nuclear fusion. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is an experimental reactor being built in Southern France which is hoped to prove the viability of the technology. It’s set to start producing plasma by 2025, and 2035 using fusion fuel.
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