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Britain to Build More Nuclear Plants

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TEHRAN, June 27 (ICANA) – Britain has announced plans to build at least 8 new nuclear power plants by 2025 as part of its long-term energy policies, according to media reports.
Monday, June 27, 2011 9:41:47 AM
Britain to Build More Nuclear Plants

The announcement comes three months after a powerful earthquake and its following tsunami triggered a radioactive disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

The government is planning to construct the new suite of reactors to maintain electricity supplies and cut greenhouse gas emissions after closing down an old generation of power stations, British media reported.

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

However, nuclear power was one of the issues that divided Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the May 2010 general elections.

Based on the coalition deal Liberal Democrats were allowed to speak out against any new nuclear plants, and their MPs could abstain on the issue.

But Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has since given his backing to new reactors, insisting they would not be subsidised by the taxpayer .

Huhne signaled last month that plans for new reactors in Britain were on track after an initial report on Fukushima from nuclear chief inspector Mike Weightman ruled out the need to curtail the operation of nuclear power stations in Britain in light of the situation in Japan.

By identifying the new sites, Britain is moving in the opposite direction of Germany, Italy and Switzerland, which recently abandoned nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese crisis.

The locations for Britain's new plants were all adjacent to existing nuclear sites.

The sites are based in Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.

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