An anti-nuclear group has blasted the UK Government for having talks on building another large-scale multi-billion pound nuclear power plant in Wales. Dylan Morgan, Co-ordinator for PAWB, has reacted furiously to the discussions with US reactor manufacturer Westinghouse to build a new facility on Anglesey. The UK Government say that the move is part of an effort to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, but according to Morgan it isn’t an effective way to “counter climate change”. He argues that nuclear power is “slow, dangerous and extortionately expensive”. According to the UK Government, a new nuclear power plant at the decommissioned Wylfa site could become operational in the mid-2030s and generate power for six million homes. Dylan Morgan said: “We have an immediate crisis now. Building huge reactors at a nuclear power station take at least 15 years. “For example, EdF are involved in building their EPR at Olkiluoto in Finland. Comstruction started in 2005 with the boast it would be completed by 2009. “It still hasn’t been completed in 2021. Nuclear power is slow, dangerous and extortionately expensive. It will do nothing to address the current energy crisis, neither will it be effective to counter climate change.
Nation Cymru 24th Sept 2021 read more »
Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy said: “We have had years of dithering and delay on new nuclear so if ministers are finally ready to act to secure our future clean energy supply then that is something we welcome. “Both the Climate Change Committee and the Energy Systems Catapult are clear that we need more nuclear alongside renewables to hit Net Zero, and with nuclear supporting more jobs than other clean technologies it really is a no-brainer for a government who say they want to ‘level up’ the country. “We have been calling all summer for government to bring forward the legislation on a new funding mechanism before COP26 so we can get building and demonstrate to the world that we are ready to lead in this vital technology.”
BECTU 24th Sept 2021 read more »
A nuclear sector consortium “has a plan” to build a large nuclear plant at Wylfa – with UK Government saying “exploratory” talks were taking place. US firm Westinghouse says the Anglesey site is the “perfect location” for a new nuclear site while partner Bechtel, an engineering giant, has a proposal in place. The development would be based on a nuclear scheme in Georgia in the United States – although that project has been dogged by long delays and doubled in price from the original cost estimate. Talking at the Welsh Affairs Committee a senior Government official said initial discussions were taking place with consortiums interested in bullding a nuclear plant at Wylfa.
Daily Post 24th sept 2021 read more »