UK discusses energy security and accelerating nuclear projects

24 March 2022

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a roundtable at Downing Street with nuclear industry leaders to discuss how to improve domestic energy security and rapidly accelerate nuclear projects in the UK.

He stressed the need for nuclear to be a 'major part' of the UK’s future energy system as a clean, reliable and safe energy source. He set out this government’s commitment to supporting the industry to develop a thriving pipeline of future nuclear projects in the UK in a cost-effective way.

Industry representatives described the various technologies and projects they are developing, including larger nuclear power plants and small modular reactors, based on both UK and international expertise. 

The Prime Minister invited views on how the UK can accelerate rapid progress on securing new nuclear capacity. They discussed the scaling up investment and removing barriers facing development, and also considered the need to build strong skills and supply chains to support the UK nuclear industry. 

The roundtable comes ahead of the publication of the Government’s energy security strategy this month, with renewable energy, nuclear and domestic gas all a crucial part of achieving its aims.

After the roundtable, the Prime Minister met with apprentices from EDF Energy and saw a model of Rolls Royce’s Small Modular Reactor design. 

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Helen Whatley also attended the roundtable. 

Organisations represented included: Nuclear Industry Association, Aviva Investors, Balfour Beatty, Bechtel Group Incorporated, EDF Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, L&G, MACE, NAMRC, Nuclear Power Jacobs, NuScale, Rolls Royce, Rothesay Life, Westinghouse Electric Company, Urenco, and USS.

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