Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the viability of Cumbria as a site for the development of future modular reactors in the UK.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is actively considering siting policy for small reactors. We recognise that there is growing local and regional interest for the development of many sites with SMRs or AMRs, including sites in Cumbria. Our work is exploring the arguments made to us that new, smaller power plants should use existing or reuse former nuclear licensed sites to take advantage of past investment in infrastructure and grid connections at those sites, and the skilled workforces around them. There are also arguments for exploring new sites. This work on siting is ongoing and we intend to provide an update during the course of the year.

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