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SMR's announcement welcomed

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 

GMB WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ENERGY MINISTER RICHARD HARRINGTON ON NEW SMALL MODULAR REACTOR (SMR) NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS FOR BRITAIN

The announcement on Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s) is positive but Government must now drive this agenda and provide further funding and certainty for the nuclear industry if it is to fulfil its obligations to the British public of a safe, secure and reliable power supply says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has welcomed an announcement by Energy Minister Richard Harrington on small modular reactor nuclear power stations.

The minister said the Government will provide up to £56 million of funding for research and development in mini-nuclear plants over the next three years. [1]

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary for Energy said:

“New nuclear power stations, and the reliable zero carbon electricity they produce, are a vital part of a balanced energy mix and SMR’s are a crucial part of the nuclear mix.

“Alongside gas, nuclear compliments renewables by producing power when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

“Although they produce less power, SMR’s are quicker and cheaper to build, offer much more flexibility as part of an integrated locally driven agenda and in terms of their location, plus they have huge potential to generate UK jobs and boost the economy.

“The announcement on Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s) is positive but Government must now drive this agenda and provide further funding and certainty for the nuclear industry if it is to fulfill its obligations to the British public of a safe, secure and reliable power supply.”

ENDS

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-nuclear/britain-to-provide-funding-for-mini-nuclear-plant-research-idUKKBN1E11HT

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