Nuclear power station gets the go ahead

Progress towards low-carbon building-services engineering has received a boost with the announcement of planning consent for the UK’s first new nuclear power station since 1995. The project is at Hinkley Point in Somerset, and the station will be operated by NNB Generation. The proposal is for a nuclear power station with two nuclear reactors capable of generating a total of up to 3260 MW of electricity at Hinkley Point C and associated development.

Edward Davey, Energy & Climate Change Secretary, said, ‘The planning decision to give consent to Hinkley Point is robust, evidence-based. compatible with the Energy National Policy and is in the best interests of the country.

‘This planned new nuclear power station in Somerset will generate vast amounts of clean energy and enhance our energy security. It will benefit the local economy, through direct employment, the supply chain and the use of local services.’

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