Nuclear Reactors: Construction

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered on 24 March 2023.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what his policy is on the deployment of further large-scale nuclear reactors in the UK after Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.

Photo of Andrew Bowie Andrew Bowie Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

In order to meet the nuclear ambition set out in the British Energy Security Strategy, we will need to consider a range of technologies and options for deployment, including both large-scale reactors and Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).

Launched at my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget, Great British Nuclear (GBN) will enable Britain’s deployment of nuclear reactors beyond Sizewell C, addressing constraints in the nuclear market and delivering an ambitious civil nuclear programme. The initial focus for GBN will be on SMRs, but it will support government’s consideration of further large-scale projects beyond Sizewell C to help us deliver on our net zero ambitions.

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