White Paper Keeps Sizewell C Option Open

The British government has re-pledged its commitment to a low carbon future with a white paper that supports nuclear power in small modular reactors and in larger plants, media reports indicate.

Sizewell C NPP Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said the white paper “establishes a decisive and permanent shift away from a dependence on fossil fuels towards cleaner energy sources that will put our country on the forefront of the global green industrial revolution,” Nuclear Engineering International reported.

In a tangible commitment, the government is investing $520 million in modular reactors, $231 in advanced modular reactors, and $543 million in fusion energy.

“Today’s plan establishes a decisive and permanent shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels, towards cleaner energy sources that will put our country at the forefront of the global green industrial revolution,” said Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma.

“We are determined to both decarbonize our economy in the most cost-effective way, while creating new sunrise industries and revitalizing our industrial heartlands that will support new green jobs for generations to come,” Sharma said.

The Sizewell C project is not named, but the white paper says a “final investment decision” on a large nuclear plant should be completed by 2024.

EDF managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said it was “great news” that the British government included large nuclear plants in their plan to establish a “carbon-neutral” energy profile.

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