Prospect welcomes nuclear research investment

Prospect has welcomed the government’s announcement of £40m for nuclear research and development, but says there is a need to commit to large scale nuclear generation. 

Prospect senior deputy general secretary Sue Ferns said: “It is welcome that the government is demonstrating their ongoing commitment to new nuclear with this investment in Advanced Modular Reactor technology which has huge potential to help the UK in the race for Net Zero.

“We face an impending energy gap however which can only be met if we also get going on the proven technology of larger scale projects like that at Sizewell C.

“The window of opportunity to safeguard jobs, invest in local communities and meet our low carbon goals is closing. It’s time for the government to unblock the system and give unequivocal support to all forms of new nuclear as part of a whole systems approach to achieving net zero so that these power stations are generating clean energy and good jobs as soon as possible.”

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