The government has put forward three new sites for nuclear power stations at Kingsnorth in Kent, Druridge Bay in the North East and Owston Ferry south of Scunthorpe, that could be built post-2025.
The announcement was made by energy secretary Ed Miliband as part of the government’s road map to build new nuclear power stations, published today.
The National Policy Statement (NPS) will provide the framework for a new generation of nuclear power plants to be built, in addition to other infrastructure of national importance, with the planning to be reduced to around a year through the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).
The statement includes a list of sites deemed suitable for new nuclear development, including new sites not yet under consideration. Of the sites already proposed, only Dungeness has been ruled out on environmental grounds. Hinkley Point and Sizewell, the two sites most likely to see nuclear new build, are included as acceptable sites.
The three new sites will only be considered for new nuclear after 2025, and Kingsnorth will only remain suitable if a new carbon capture and storage scheme is not built on the site.
Miliband also unveiled plans to encourage carbon capture and storage.
The CBI welcomed the statements.
John Cridland, CBI Deputy-Director General, said: “The UK needs the right mix of energy sources to bolster security and cut emissions. These planning statements will help reassure companies that the Government has a clear strategy for delivering new nuclear power, clean coal and renewable energy plants, and that this will be reflected in planning decisions.
“In particular, we welcome the pledge to fund several clean-coal demonstration plants, which will encourage the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology that will help meet ambitious carbon-reduction targets. The Government is also right to make clear that firms will not be left facing an unpredictable bill for retrofitting full-scale CCS onto demonstration plants if the technology does not prove economically viable.
“Next month’s Pre-Budget Report must confirm the Government’s support for four clean-coal plants. This will need to be followed by a swift announcement stating which plants will get government support.”