Nuclear Power Stations

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 26th November 2008.

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Photo of Colin Challen Colin Challen Labour, Morley and Rothwell

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the security of supply of uranium for the whole lifetime of any new nuclear power station built in the UK.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change

The Government believes that there are sufficient uranium resources to fuel another generation of nuclear power plants in the UK. The Government's White Paper on nuclear energy, published in January 2008, stated that backed up by a number of authoritative reports, including one from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, the evidence shows that sufficient fuel will be available to fuel a new programme of nuclear power stations constructed in the UK.

Two recent reports published since the White paper support this view:

(1) The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and International Atomic Energy Agency's Uranium 2007: Resources, Production and Demand report, published in 2008, states, "Regardless of the role that nuclear energy ultimately plays in meeting rising electricity demand, the uranium resource base [described in this document] is adequate to meet projected future requirements."

(2) The Euratom Supply Agency's Annual Report 2007, published in 2008, states, "According to specialists, the most recent developments in the field of uranium geology, uranium exploration and exploitation technology show that sufficient resources exist to support significant growth in nuclear capacity."

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