Ministers unveil future plans for UK nuclear power

24 June 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

A series of sites have been named as potential locations for UK power plants under nuclear plans for future energy generation.

The next-generation of facilities could be located on eight plots in England, including Hartlepool, Sellafield in Cumbria and Wylfa on Anglesey.

Projects that could require the use of pressure vessels form part of a number of national policy statements relating to energy provision through to 2025.

The plans have been published following public consultation and will now be debated by MPs in Paliament.

"Around a quarter of the UK's generating capacity is due to close by the end of this decade. We need to replace this with secure, low carbon, affordable energy," Charles Hendry, the Energy Minister, stated.

He stated replacing energy infrastructure that is coming to the end of its life will cost more than £100 million by the end of this decade.

Pressure vessels were badly damaged at the Fukushima nuclear power station during the March 11th earthquake in Japan, leading to radioactive leaks.

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