Can the UK rely on nuclear power?

"I don’t think there’s been any nuclear power project that’s been built on time or to budget anywhere in the world"

The British government’s plan for a fleet of new nuclear power stations  took a major step forward earlier this month with the announcement that it could take a direct stake in the planned project at Wylfa in Wales, marking a historic shift in policy.

But the news about Wylfa comes on the heels of controversy over Hinkley Point C – a massively expensive project that EDF has failed to deliver elsewhere in the world – and Toshiba’s aborted nuclear plant at Moorside.

If problems like this continue, and these large plants fail to arrive on time, then the UK’s decarbonisation targets, not to mention its energy security, could be significantly undermined.

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