Sites for revolutionary mini nuclear power stations led by Rolls-Royce are set to be built in the North of England. Whitehall is planning new small nuclear power plants in Cumbria and Wales. Britain’s eight large-scale nuclear power plants are reaching their end of life/ Plans to build a new generation of large-scale nuclear power stations are stalled. Officials hope these smaller power stations will be able to plug the potential gap. The first of a new generation of revolutionary mini nuclear power stations is to be built in the North of England and North Wales by a consortium led by Rolls-Royce, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A number of existing licensed nuclear sites have already been informally discussed within Whitehall. The sites under consideration include Moorside in Cumbria and Wylfa in North Wales, where plans for future large-scale reactor projects have recently been shelved. Now a consortium led by Rolls-Royce has tabled plans, subject to approval from regulators, to have the first small reactor plugged in by 2030, promising reliable, low-carbon electricity for decades to come. It will be followed by up to 16 more mini reactors at other sites, with plans for all to be producing electricity. It is understood that other locations being considered include Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia, North Wales.
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