Climate crisis: UK government considers £2bn plan to build 16 mini nuclear power stations by 2050

Discussion of £2bn for nuclear power comes as Boris Johnson pledges £160m to boost wind turbine production

Harry Cockburn
Thursday 08 October 2020 17:41
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The nuclear power station at Dungeness on the south east coast of England
The nuclear power station at Dungeness on the south east coast of England

At the Conservative Party conference this week, Boris Johnson announced his desire for every home in the UK to be powered “cleanly and without guilt” by wind within just 10 years, and said the government would invest £160m into upgrading ports and factories building wind turbines.

He mentioned nothing about nuclear power. However, the UK government is reportedly considering spending £2bn of taxpayers money on as many as 16 small nuclear reactors which would also contribute to the national grid.

“Government and industry figures” told the Financial Times a pledge of £1.5bn-£2bn is being discussed and said the government could even commission the first mini power station, giving confidence to suppliers and investors.

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