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Energy security and supply chain must be priorities at nuclear summit

21 March 2022

It is being reported that he Prime Minister is to host a summit with nuclear industry leaders today (Monday 21 March) in light of the current energy crisis, and threat to energy security.

 

It is thought that options being looked at will include accelerating the programme for Sizewell C, another at Wylfa in Wales as well as potentially extending the life of some of the current nuclear fleet and pushing on with building some SMRs.

Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary of Prospect union, responding to reports the government is hosting a summit with nuclear industry leaders, said:

“The Prime Minister is right to be pushing hard for more new nuclear – a significant expansion of nuclear can guarantee UK energy security, insulate us from price shocks and guarantee high quality jobs.

“Nuclear power is the perfect adjunct to renewables, providing reliable firm power at times when renewables are not generating.

“Priorities for today’s round table must be getting moving on Sizewell C and Wylfa, extending the life of the current fleet subject to inspection, and putting the conditions in place for further expansion.

“Energy security and levelling up also has to be about the supply chain. The government can further boost both, and maximise the benefit of investment, by stepping in to immediately protect fuel production at Springfields Nuclear Fuels.

“The industry’s trade unions have a long track record of working constructively with government and employers to support nuclear and should play a full part in follow up discussions after today’s round table”.


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