HEYSHAM was today confirmed as one of the sites for the UK’s next generation of nuclear power plants.
It was one of eight sites, all next to existing plants, on a list which also included Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.
The announcement was a signal that the Fukushima disaster in Japan, which prompted Germany to scrap its future nuclear power plans, has not knocked the UK Government off course.
The eight sites were initially identified last year but the list has now been published as part of a national policy statement on energy. It will now have to be voted on in Parliament, where a majority of MPs and peers support nuclear energy.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “Around a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity is due to close by the end of this decade. We need to replace this with secure, low carbon, affordable energy.
“This will require over £100bn worth of investment in electricity generation alone. This means twice as much investment in energy infrastructure in this decade as was achieved in the last decade.”
David Morris, Morecambe’s MP and a big supporter of nuclear power, said: “The whole community has been lobbying for decades to increase jobs at Heysham.
“I have spent many hours negotiating with Chris Huhne (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) and I am delighted that today’s announcement confirms there will continue to be nuclear power in Heysham for many years to come.”