Why New Nuclear? 2018-05-29T16:04:56+00:00

Why New Nuclear?

The UK faces a significant energy challenge. It must secure future energy supplies as existing nuclear, and fossil fuel power stations close, and the demand for energy rises. At the same time, the UK must play its part in tackling climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

Nuclear energy is an existing technology that can be used to produce a large amount of electricity, safely and without emitting carbon at point of generation. Nuclear energy has an important role to play in helping the UK to meet these energy challenges, and it must continue to be part of a balanced energy mix.

Investments in nuclear, such as Moorside, will benefit the UK, and shape its energy landscape for more than 60 years.

Nuclear is virtually carbon-free

Today, nuclear power generates 19% of the UK’s electricity and avoids generating 40 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent to half the cars on the UK’s roads.

Waste and radiation levels are low

Newer, more efficient plants would not add significantly to existing volumes of waste. Exposure to radiation from working at, or living close to a nuclear power station is extremely low.

Nuclear power is efficient and reactors are robust

In comparison to coal, nuclear fuel generates millions of times more power: 1kg of coal would power a 60 watt light bulb for four days, nuclear would power the same bulb for 685 years. New nuclear power stations are designed to operate for more than 60 years.

Nuclear is essential for the UK’s energy mix

Nuclear power is vital to delivering a sustainable energy mix. It is regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Moorside will operate under the most stringent regulations of any industry.

Nuclear will create thousands of jobs

Moorside will create thousands of jobs during construction and sustain around 1,000 jobs during operation and between 14,000 and 21,000 jobs throughout the life of the project.