The British Minister for Energy assured Sunday that the United Kingdom wanted to develop its nuclear and offshore wind capabilities.
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As France has done with six new EPRs desired by Emmanuel Macron by 2050, the United Kingdom has chosen nuclear power. The country could build up to seven power plants by 2050 while betting on offshore wind as part of a new strategy to increase its energy independence after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, said Sunday April 3 the Minister of Energy.
“The idea is that, given what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is doing, we don’t want to live in a world where we depend on Russian hydrocarbons”said Kwasi Kwarteng in the Sunday Telegraphpointing out that “offshore wind power, and especially nuclear power” were “means of having electricity generation capacities in the United Kingdom”.
According to the newspaper, after intense internal discussions, the government of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to present its strategy on Thursday to reduce the UK’s energy dependence and achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. “There is a realization within the government that we could do more in the nuclear field”said Kwasi Kwarteng.
In 2050, “there is a world where we have six or seven sites in the UK”he continued. “It won’t happen in the next two years, but it’s definitely what we can aspire to.”
According to Sunday Telegraphthe plan calls for the construction of at least two large-scale nuclear power plants by 2030, in addition to small modular reactors, so most of the nuclear sites in operation must close by this deadline.