The first phase of the UK’s plans for new nuclear reactors is almost complete, with a report published today outlining the first plans for the country’s new reactors.
The report says the UK will use a new design and equipment, with the UK Nuclear Energy Authority (NEA) saying the project will be “further advanced” over the next few years.
The new reactor design will be built in three stages, and each stage will be run for a few years to enable safety checks.
The first stage of the project was approved in August 2016 and is expected to start construction in 2021.
“The UK has a long history of making progress on our nuclear strategy, with two UK reactors in operation,” said NEA Secretary Sir Peter Hendy.
“This programme of investment is designed to further build on this momentum.”
The first two stages of the first phase were approved in 2016 and 2021, and the third stage will now be built and completed, with an interim report due in November 2021.
The UK is the only EU country to have yet to decide on its own plans for a new power station, with all three stages of construction still in the early stages of design.
“Nuclear power is a great investment in our country’s energy future,” said Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.
“With new reactors under construction, we have the opportunity to take the UK to the next level of clean, affordable and reliable energy.”
The UK government has said it is considering an option to build its first nuclear power station in 2020.
“Our next phase of investment will support the UK economy, ensure that we can meet our commitments to meet our climate change targets, and enable us to build the first nuclear reactors to provide energy for more than 40 years,” said David Gauke, the energy minister.