Government unveils Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan to deliver future power
10 December 2012
Posted by Michelle Devonshire
The Government has released details of its Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan, which is intended to ensure a future supply of power for the nation.
Ministers claim that investing in future nuclear plants will also help the UK to meet its climate change goals, with the action plan examining ways in which companies can take advantage of future opportunities.
Michael Fallon, the Business and Enterprise Minister, and John Hayes, Britain's Energy Minister, unveiled the strategy document and declared the nuclear industry has a key role to play in the future security of UK energy supplies.
They also predicted that the sector could generate employment and economic growth in the future if it is provided with Government support.
For example, a campaign has been launched to recruit around 500 skilled workers for the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, including roles for engineers, project managers and operations staff.
"Our Action Plan for the nuclear supply chain will set out how the UK can make the most of future opportunities presented by around £60 billion of new investment," Mr Hayes declared.
His comments were supported by those made by Mr Fallon, who declared the strategy is part of attempts to ensure the UK nuclear power industry is vibrant and plays a leading role in the global market.
The Action Plan has been drawn up in conjunction with the sector and contains a series of proposals, including the establishment of a Nuclear Industry Council, the creation of working groups for the various sub sectors and action to address key skills shortages.
It has been welcomed by Andrew Storer, Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear Programme Director, who predicted that "the UK supply chain will benefit significantly as a result" of the plan's publication.
The Government has also announced the appointment of six people to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and has been involved in the launch of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigating Actions (NAMA) facility to combat climate change.
In a joint press release with the German Government, Westminster pledged its support for the resource, which is intended to back developing nations in the implementation of national climate mitigation efforts and was launched following talks in Doha.